Plaza Mayor is a large, longitudinal square built on the site of the San Felipe Nerí Convent in Palma. It was the seat of the Inquisition until 1838 and though it has been reformed since, there is still an air of solemnity about the place. Today, the apartments in the square are offices and residential homes whilst under the portico of the ground floor are restaurants and bars.
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The square holds an artisan market on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10.00 to 14.00 during most weeks of the year. A number of local festivals are celebrated here with live concerts and group dancing. It’s the starting point for the fiery parade of drummers and devils for the feast day of Sant Sebastià on 17th January.
In 1969, an underground shopping centre and car park was built. The main shopping activity remains above ground, however. Plaza Mayor connects with the high streets of Calle Colón, which leads to Plaza Cort. It is also linked to Calle San Miguel, home to more shops, and the Fundació Joan March. Less than five minute away is Plaza Quartera and the participating bars of the Tuesday tapas route known as La Ruta Martiana.