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La Llotja


The silhouette of La Llotja, the old seat of the Colegio de la Mercaderia, the guild body of Majorca's merchants, is located by the sea next to the palm trees on the Paseo de Sagrera.

Building work started in 1421 under the control of the architect and sculptor Guillem Sagrera (1370-1456), from Felanitx, who left the project almost completed in 1446 following disagreements with the sponsors. The final details of La Llotja were completed in 1488.  Sagrera was a highly influential master who participated in major works (sometimes simultaneously) in the lands of the Crown of Aragón, including Mallorca Cathedral, Perpignan Cathedral and the Castel Nuovo in Naples, amongst others.  

Architecturally La Llotja is a large single rectangular space comprising three naves supported by six slender helicoidal columns with a rib vault roof. The ribs of the arches in the vaults fuse with the spirals of the columns and on the sides are embedded into the walls. Its external aspect is characterised by four orthogonal towers at the ends, ten smaller towers that act as buttresses, eight large windows and decoration with gargoyles and statues.