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Consolat de Mar (Consulate of the Sea)


This building in now the seat of the government of the Balearics. The Consolat de Mar (Consulate of the Sea) had its origins in the orders of James II, who in 1306 authorised the creation of a guild tribunal to resolve disagreements between merchants and sailors. But it was not until the reign of James III- ruling as minor under the regency of his uncle Philip- in 1236 that the king named two consuls for this purpose. Subsequently, King Peter the Ceremonious renewed it in 1344, following the pattern of the consulate in Valencia that had been established in 1283 and was the first of its kind.  

The Consulate of the Sea and Association of Merchants maintained close links, especially following the regulations issued by king Martin the Humane, in 1409. Its activity gave the city the monumental ensemble comprising La Lonja, the chapel of La Lonja - started in the mid-16th century - and the seat of the Consulate of the Sea, this last one being in the Baroque style.  

The façade of the Consulate has three floors. On the main floor there is a gallery with five segmental arches with ringed columns and a balustrade; this gallery has five doors with triangular pediments. On the side looking towards La Lonja is the old chapel of La Lonja, completed in a late Gothic style in 1600.