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Palma, the capital of Mallorca in the Spanish Balearic islands, is full of fascinating buildings influenced by diverse cultures. Amazing examples are the impressive Royal Palace of La Almudaina, the Cathedral de Santa Maria, and Bellver Castle to name but a few. They’re all outstanding in their own right and then there’s the Can Forteza Rey.
The Can Forteza Rey is a uniquely colorful structure that leaves you wondering which bit of it to look at first. If after taking in its mosaic adorned walls, gilded and balconied windows, and the monstrous gargoyle between two winged dragons, the design may start to ring bells because you’ve seen something similar before – you’d be on the wrong track.
While Antoni Gaudi may have been in Mallorca when the Can Forteza Rey was designed and built, he was busy working on the cathedral. When you can’t get the architect you want, the next best thing is to get someone to mimic his Modernist style. Maybe Forteza Rey should have stuck to designing jewelry. At least for that he came up with some original designs.