There's an interesting article in the Diario de Mallorca about Palma's street lighting
There's an interesting article in the Diario de Mallorca about Palma's street lighting which is worth retelling in other languages.
This year is the 200th anniversary of the installation of street lighting in the city and it's all down to French Emperor Napoleon!
When he invaded Spain in 1808 around 40,000 refugees left the big cities and headed for the comparative safety of Palma which at that time only had a population of 33,000. They were astonished that
Palma was pitch black every night, especially since Barcelona had had street illumination since 1752.
The city council had been discussing the idea since 1788 but had achieved nothing, however with the impetus of some pretty high ranking refugees, 800 oil lamps were installed around Palma in 1811.
At first the lamps were only lit in Autumn and Winter, and not on nights when there was a full moon, to save money.
Since then, the lights have been changed twice, in 1857 when gas was introduced and again in 1903, for the introduction of electricity. So, everytime we can see where we're going on a Palma night,
it's all thanks to Boney!