Wherever you go in Palma de Mallorca you won't fail to notice the wonderful works
Wherever you go in Palma de Mallorca you won't fail to notice the wonderful works of one of the top architects of the Gothic period who was born in Mallorca in 1380. Why, because Guillem Sagrera
worked on two of the city's grandest and most emblematic buildings, the cathedral and the Lonja, the former of which can be seen from miles around dominating the cityscape.
Now, a historical group in Felanitx, Sagrera's birthplace, has petitioned the mayor of the town to honour him with the title of 'hijo predilecto,' which means honoured or favourite son. Palma has
already acknowledged Sagrera's work in the city by naming the road in front of La Lonja after him just over 100 years ago.
Even though his most famous works – built using local sandstone from Santanyi – were in Palma he actually started and finished his career in foreign parts. He's first mentioned in Perpignan which
at the time was under Mallorcan influence though no longer part of its kingdom and also was working on the Great Hall of the Barons in the Castle Nuovo in Naples when he died in 1456.
Our photo showing the lovely pillars and vaulted ceiling of the Lonja in Palma was taken during the exhibition of sculptures by Tony Cragg.