Here's an interesting tale of sculpture, culture and changing moral standards in Palma's lovely plaza
Here's an interesting tale of sculpture, culture and changing moral standards in Palma's lovely plaza, the Paseo del Borne. The four corners of the Paseo have been guarded by four identical
sculptures of sphinxes – Greek mythological figures - since 1833. They have the body of a lion and the face and breasts of a woman and are commonly known as the Lions of the Borne.
They were made by the sculptor Jacint Mateu Sureda from Santanyi (in the east of Mallorca) stone and sat proudly in the Borne until 1895 when it was remodelled. Moralists of the time had noticed
the Sphinxes' décolletage as being rather outstanding, and because they thought the sight of the large breasts could be 'excessively provocative,' shaved a few centimetres off each one!
In today's more liberal times there doesn't seem to be an awful lot of provocation going on as people stroll along the Paseo, shopping, stopping for coffee, or just passing time people watching.
Take some time out on your next visit to Palma and have look at the sphinxes!