Churches and Monasteries of Mallorca.
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Palma de Mallorca Cathedral.
GW04020-64 = San Sebastian Fiesta fireworks over Palma.
GW32605-60 = Panoramic view over Palma International Boat Show 2008 with gothic Palma Cathedral in the background, in the Palma Old Port ( Moll Vell / Muelle Viejo ) Area of the Port of Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. 2nd May 2008. GW34160-60 = Palma International Boat Show 2009 - Panoramic Images with the Sanlorenzo stand in the foreground ( Sanlorenzo 40 Alloy, SD92, SL88, SL82, SL72 and Bluegame 47 ) and historic Palma Gothic Cathedral behind, Palma Old Port ( Moll Vell / Muelle Viejo ), Port of Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. 2nd May 2009.
The magnificent Gothic Cathedral dominates the skyline of Palma. Known as La Seu, it was built on the site of an Arab Mosque. Construction commenced in 1229 and was not completed until 1601 with restorations by local architect  Antoni Gaudí in 1901. Entrance to the Cathedral between services is via the adjacent Cathedral museum. The Cathedral provides an impressive backdrop for the prestigious annual Palma Boat Show. Illustred above is a monument to Ramon Llull ( 1235-1316 ) a famous scholar of Palma. The neighbouring ancient city walls, Almudaina Palace and sea front lake ( Parc de La Mar ) are popular destinations for visitors – complete with mime artists.
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Monastery of Lluc.
The Monastery of Lluc (Monestir de Nostra Senyora de Lluc ) is located in a valley north of Inca and is dominated by the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range to the North. The impressive monastery attracts many visitors particularly to witness the performance each weekday morning of the monastery choristers. The monastery museum is open except on Sundays. The energetic can follow the stations of the cross up to la Moreneta (the Virgin of Lluc) monument on the adjacent hill. Relatively luxurious accommodation can be pre-booked and there is a cafeteria on site. Monastery Web Site.

The Royal Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa.
The Royal Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa ( Real Cartuja de Valldemossa ). The Valldemossa charterhouse was originally a royal residence becoming a Carthusian monastery in 1399 and continued as a monastery until 1835. Now a museum with rooms depicting a monks cell and dedicated to Polish composer Frédéric Chopin who stayed at the Monastery during 1838/1839  and his companeon the  French female writer George Sand. George Sand wrote the novel “A Winter in Mallorca”. The Monastery gardens, museum , piano recital rooms and nearby coffee shops are a popular visitar attraction.
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Monastery of Cura de Randa.
The Cura de Randa Monastery is located on the Puig de Cura, a high hill some 30 km East of Palma.  The Monastery has a fine church, a museum and enjoys splendid views over the Bay of Palma and reputedly as far as Ibiza on a fine day. Some fine ceramics – the seven mysteries of the Fransciscan crown can be viewed under the arches of the Monastery. The famous Mallorcan scholar Ramón Llull spent some time here in around 1273 and wrote some of his most famous books here. Accommodation is available at the Monastery as is a cafeteria.   

Hermitage of Bonany near Petra.
The Hermitage of Bonany, constructed in 1604, is located in a superb hilltop location some 2 kms from Petra the birthplace of  Fray Junípero Serra.  Fray Junípero Serra preached his last sermon in Mallorca at the hermitage before leaving Mallorca to found missions in Mexico and California. The Hermitage has a fine church and enjoys excellent views over the surrounding countryside. Petra has a museum and monuments to Fray Junípero Serra and is becoming a point of pilgrimage for US citizens.

El Calvari church above Old Town Pollensa.
El Calvari church, which dates from the 18th century, is located in a splendid position – 365 steps above the Old Roman Town of Pollensa ( or by road for the less energetic ). The steps are flanked by cypress trees and frame images of Pollensa. The church is the starting point of an impressive Easter torchlight procession descending down the steps to Pollensa. The location also offers views across the plain of Pollensa  flanked by the Sierra Tramuntana mountains.

Nostra Senyora del Puig, hill top Monastery near Pollensa.
Santuari del Puig de Maria, Pollença is located on top of the Puig de Maria close to Pollensa. Access is via a challenging road and then by foot. Once a Monastery now providing modest accommodation in the former monk’s cells. Food and wine is available in the refectory. The monastery was founded in 1348 and restored in 1917 and again in 1976 - on this latter occasion with grateful thanks to the US Navy which deployed their helicopters to fly in building materials.

Nostra Senyora del Refugio, above Alaro.
Nostra Senyora del Refugio is close by the ruined Alaro Castle and comprises a small church / shrine with modest accommodation and bar restaurant. A 20 mins uphill walk from the car park or perhaps an hour from Alaro.

Sant Salvador Santuary at Arta.

The Sanctuary of Sant Salvador dominates the Arta skyline and dates from the 14th century with the addition of the walled surroundings during the 16th century. Major restoration works were undertaken in the 1960’s.  Now a popular visitor attraction – home to one of the oldest Mary and child effigies – access is via car and then by foot up some 180 steps. Magnificent views over the surrounding countryside.


Part way up the hill is the impressive Parish church of Transfiguracio del Senyor which dates back to 1573. Inside the Church, on either side of the nave, there are fourteen chapels, among which the most interesting is the Roser Chapel, which is the largest and has a Baroque tableau dating back to the 17th Century.

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