In the field of tourism, churches have always been one of the monuments to visit when travelling to another city or another country. In the case of Mallorca, there are many religious spaces which have been visited by tourists over the years. Each one, rooted in its origin, gives off a different essence, the fruit of its creative ancestors, which captivates everyone who visits it.
Starting with the Cathedral of Mallorca, also known as La Seu, which is the main religious building on the island. Located at the foot of the Parc de la Mar, the beginnings of its construction date back to the 13th century. It is built in the Levantine Gothic style and has one of the largest rosettes in the world. Inside, from the seventeenth to the eighteenth century, the Baroque style began to dominate, with altarpieces, paintings and sculptures, with the altarpiece of the Corpus Christi by Jaume Blanquer being particularly noteworthy. We must also mention the adaptation of space carried out by Antonio Gaudí at the beginning of the 20th century.
A clear example of Gothic architecture is the Basilica Church of Sant Francesc, built between the 13th and 14th centuries, and located in the centre of Palma. Although the style in which it was initially built was Gothic, in the 17th century the façade was rebuilt in a Baroque style. At the moment the grave of Ramon Llull is in one of the side chapels, next to a statue of the well-known writer.
On the other hand, and in the Serra de Tramuntana, in the municipality of Escorca, we find the Lluc Sanctuary, the oldest Marian shrine of the Balearic Islands. Its foundation dates back to the 13th century when the image of a Virgin was found among the rocks, which received the name of the Virgin Mary of Lluc. The monastery consists of several rooms: the Church of the 17th century, with later reforms by Gaudí; the British garden and the "des Blauets" choir school, the oldest choir on the islands, which performs the song of Sibila on Christmas night.
Other churches which stand out for their location or for the attractiveness of the space which surrounds them are those of the Sanctuary of Cura and the Church of San Juan Baptista, of Deià; both dating from the 14th century. The first one is in the Puig de Randa, where Ramón Llull supposedly received "divine illumination" and from where his intellectual and missionary path is supposed to have started. On the other hand, the church of Deià is significant due to its enclave, which is a beautiful landscape.
Moving on to a baroque structure, the parish church of San Bartomeu, built between 1688 and 1733 on a previous primitive temple from 1236, is located in Sóller. The facade, in a modern Art Nouveau style, was designed by Rubió, who had previously worked on the renovation of La Seu together with Gaudí.
Finally, closer to the present day and with unique architectural details, we find the Església Nova de Son Servera, which underwent numerous modifications and finally remained unfinished, which is probably the most interesting part. Finally, the Calvario de Pollença, a small church located on the top of a mountain composed of 365 steps.
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