Palma.—A Palma appeals court yesterday over ruled the declaration that the abandoned GESA building on Palma's sea front should be continued to be considered a Site of Public Interest and therefore protected by the Council of Majorca.

It was the leader of the former Council of Majorca, Maria Antonia Munar, who struggled for years to have the building declared a heritage site because of its architectural importance, but that was over turned yesterday and, should the new Council of Majorca so wish, it could be knocked down.

According to the architects who carried out this latest examination of the building, they do not understand its architectural importance. The appeals magistrate added that he did not consider the building as an icon of the “modern movement” and went on to describe it as a blot on the landscape. He said that it “eclipses the image” of the city and does not blend with the new sea front which is being built just next door comprising the convention centre, a luxury hotel and landscaped gardens.

The magistrate's decision is going to revive the fierce debate about what to do with the building which some people do feel very passionate about.
Now the new Council of Majorca can decide if it stays or if it goes.


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