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Archduke Louis Salvador

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Tireless sailor, explorer, writer of travelogues and art and science enthusiast, Archduke Louis Salvador was captivated by Mallorca right from his first visit in 1867. Archduke Louis Salvador of Austria (1847-1915) came to Mallorca for the first time in 1867, travelling incognito as Count Neudorf. The islanl's natural beauty, immense sea and Tramontana mountain range all enthralled him, so he purchased a number of Mallorcan estates in the last third of the nineteenth century, some of which have been declared Assets of Cultural Interest. His first purchase was the estate known as Miramar in Valldemossa in 1872. At that time, the property's boundaries extended to the summit of Mt. Teix, followed east along the coast to Son Marroig in Deià and included the Miramar Monastery, founded on 1276 by James II upon Ramon Llull's instigation as a school for missionaries dedicated to teaching Arabic and other Eastern languages. Miramar became the jewel in the crown of the Archduke's estates and was where he received the visitors attracted by the beautiful landscape who can be considered Mallorca's first tourists: French painter and writer Gastón Vuillier; prehistorians Bartoli and Cartailhac; Spanish naturalist Odón de Buen; botanist and director of the University of Geneva Robert H. Chorat; writer D'Este Daisy; poets Rubén Darío and Jacinto Verdaguer... and his close friend 'Sissi', Empress of Austria, who shared a love of nature and the island with her cousin the Archduke and visited often. Nowadays, Miramar houses a museum that displays a number of items, documents and works of art related to the worlds inhabited by Llull and the Archduke. The farmsteal's ancient tafoná or oil press can be visited, as can the garden and cloister the Archduke had restored from thirteenth-century Gothic arches, the library, assembly hall, chapel and the Moor's Tower, a lookout point with splendid panoramic views of the sea. Son Marroig in the municipality of Deià is another farmstead the Archduke purchased and he restored the old house, conserved the fortified sixteenth-century tower and added Italian-style extensions. He also built a small marble neoclassic temple out of Carrara marble at one end of the garden, which offers panoramic views of Sa Foradada point and even Sa Dragonera Island on clear days. Son Marroig is now home to the Archduke Louis Salvador Museum, which exhibits the Archduke's items, souvenirs and collections of ceramics and nineteenth-century Majorcan paintings. It has also been the venue for the International Chamber Music Festival of Deià since 1978. The farmstead is open to visits Mondays to Saturdays and permission can be obtained to walk along the approximately 3.5-km-long path that leads to Sa Foradada. The country home known as S'Estaca in the environs of Valldemossa was an occasional residence the Archduke shared with Catalina Homar, the official administrator of his estates. The current owners of this property with its Moorish-style architecture are actor Michael Douglas and his ex-wife Diandra. S' Arxiduc, as he is known locally, attempted to integrate into Majorcan society and even learned Catalan. In gratitude for his work publicising Mallorca's charms, he was named an honorary citizen of the city of Palma in 1877, which was later extended to include the entire island in 1910.

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  • Archduke Louis Salvador

    to see the archaduke you have to pay 4eur for entrance to museum, little garden and archduke together. But there is also a viewpoint right next to it for free. You will not see the arch, but it is still amazing.

  • Archduke Louis Salvador

    Wunderschöner Ausblick! Das Museum hat am Sonntag leider geschlossen, dementsprechend konnte man nicht zur Aussichtsplattform mit dem Pavillon. Allerdings ist noch eine Aussichtsplattform nebenan und auch von dort hat man einen wundervollen Ausblick über das Meer/ die Küste. Bei hohem Besucheraufkommen ist das Parken etwas schwierig.

  • Archduke Louis Salvador

    el sitio es precioso..pero es una lastima pagar 4 euros por persona para entrar a ver el mirador y que no se pueda acceder a él por que está cerrado

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sa Foradada, Serra de Tramuntana

Neighborhood: Deià
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