The “Pueblo Español” was built between 1965 and 1968 by Fernando Chueca Goitia, a 20th century Spanish Architect whose work includes the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid and the extension of the Museo del Prado.
The aim was to offer residents and visitors to Mallorca the opportunity to enjoy Spain’s rich architecture in a 24,000 m² open air museum which replicates a medieval walled city. More than 2,000 people were involved in the construction of this venue which boasts monuments, streets, buildings and squares from different periods in Spanish history, including Arabic styles, gothic, baroque and renaissance.
The complex hosts 72 examples of Spanish architecture, including 18 blocks of buildings, 15 streets and 12 seats which were built to scale using materials from their respective regions.
The “Pueblo Español” is the third largest replica in the world and the only one that was built as a tourist attraction. Of the two others, one was built in Barcelona in 1929 and hosted the 2016 Universal Exhibition. The Pueblo Español of Belgium was built in 1958 for the Universal Exhibition of Brussels.
The Palace of Congresses opened its doors shortly after “The Pueblo Español” in Palma and its neoclassic style has made it a favourite location for numerous events, including the annual meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.