15th century Inquisition headquarters may become Palma's next luxury hotel
A neglected manor house in the heart of Palma's old town that used to be the headquarters for the Inquisition during the 15th century has been sold by the Mallorcan government at auction to Miguel Conde Moragues for 1.1 million Euros. The building, Can Fàbregues, is accessed by the Convent de Sant Francesc in the heart of Palma's old town next to the church of the same name. It has been in a state of disrepair for many years, with only one failed attempt at rescue in 1992. The poor condition of the manor house and lack of funds prompted the Government to place it up for auction, despite the historical importance of the building to Palma. The historic monument occupies a plot of 619 square meters and has a built surface of 1.332 square meters.
The Spanish Inquistion used Can Fàbregues for nearly a century, and the house is regarded as an architectural gem featuring styles ranging from Gothic to Neoclassical. At this time, the building was known as 'Llonjeta de l'Inquisidor Gual' and was also used to torture the 'heretical Jews'.
The new owner, Miguel Conde Moragues, is renowned for rescuing derelict buildings and bringing them back to their former glories. He was responsible for the conversion of another historic house in Palma, Can Cera into a luxury boutique hotel. He is also due to open another small luxury hotel, Calatrava Boutique Hotel in April, just a few streets away on Placa Llorenc Villalonga which will offer fabulous views over the Bay of Palma.