Chapel route through Palma (Part II)

April 11, 2016
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We continue with our route of chapels through the center of Palma. So far we have been able to visit the famous convent of Santa Clara, and also one of the most famous churches in Palma, the church of Santa Eulàlia, which contains a carving of jesus brought personally by Jaime I, the conqueror in 1229 during the conquest of Mallorca and the Muslims by the Christians. To complete these two visits, if you are interested and have curiosity for history, you will have invested about three hours of your time.So lets take advantage of these next three hours.

Convent of Sant Francesc

This architectural ensemble formed by the church, minor basilica, and the cloister has been recognized as a National Monument. In addition, it is said to be the most representative of Mallorca´s Gothic architectural work. But that is not the only attractive information about this convent to convince you to pay it a visit. Historically, this building is very important, given that it was protected by Jaime II of Mallorca and it was also the place where his son Jaume (grandson of James i the conqueror) grew up. this is a church whose parish had a great influence on the Mallorcan social and cultural life during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. During this time, illustrious figures such as Fray Junipero Serra were studied until the nineteenth century passed into the civilian´s hands. During that time, the convent had several uses, and it wasn´t until 1906 when the order of the Franciscans recovered the convent and made it once again a place of Christian worship.

The church is one single building, of Catalan Gothic style, as we mentioned before is one of the prevailing styles in the religious Mallorcan architecture. Inside, you will find the very impressive the baroque style work of Joan d´Arago, the alterpiece. It is also important to note that this is where the tomb of the famous scholar Ramón Llull can be found.

What: Convent of Sant Francesc de Palma.

When: from Monday to Friday from 10h to 18h; Saturday from 10h to 17h. Sundays and holidays from 10h to 14h.

How much: 3 Euros.

Where:Carrer de Sant Francesc, 7-9 07001 Palma.

Church of Sant miquel

Built on the remains on one of the last Muslim mosques left, this church has great historical significance because it was where the first Christian mass was celebrated after the period of conquest by James I the conqueror held on December 31st, 1229.  The church maintained the physical appearance of a Muslim mosque up until the fourteenth century, when renovations began to turn it into a true Christian church.  During the seventeenth century a series of renovations were made and the orientation of the church was changed.

The church of Sant Miquel still maintains its famous single Catalan Gothic style building that was so well established in Mallorca, however after the reformations were made the interior takes on a much more Baroque style.

The church of Sant Miquel owes its name to the priest of confessor of James I, Brother Miquel Fabra. Inside you will also find the famous sculpture Mare de Deu de la Salut, known as the patron saint by the people of Palma.

What: Church of San Miquel of Palma.

When: Monday to Saturday from 10h to 13h and 17h to 19:30h; Sundays and holidays from 10:30h to 12:30h and 18:30h to 19:30h.

How much: free.

Where: CarrerSant Miquel, 21 07003, Palma.

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