A great testimony of Mallorca’s past, churches, monasteries, cathedrals, convents built around the island, add touristic value to some of the best beaches in Europe found here. When talking about Basilica de Sant Francesc in the city of Palma, it is not about tourism, it is about worship and cultural inheritance, a most appreciated feature of the largest island within the quiet Balearic archipelago.
Part of an ancient monastery, still keeping some of the original buildings and the cloister, Basilica de Sant Francesc is conveniently located downtown Palma, only few minutes walk away from the main religious building of the city, La Seu. Its imposing façade designed by Francisco Herrera in the 17th century, attract visitors like a magnet, the architecture seen here, a pleasant mix of different styles, between Gothic and Baroque, enchant your eyes, as you approach it. The 13th century monastery dedicated to Sant Francesc has 74 meters in length and a wooden roof, the main building surrounded by eight chapels, each of them with its own story, added in time.
The main attraction of the Basilica de Sant Francesc is the grave of the 13th century humanist Ramon Llul, a local scholar, named “Doctor Iluminatus”, whose works in theology and philosophy, as well as its poetry were heard around the world, especially in Africa, where he preached. Another important item worth a visit is the cloister founded by Jaume III, recently declared a National Monument. The upper galleries and rooms were added later, in the 16th and the 17th centuries, as well as the fabulous courtyard, built in 1747, or the statue of Junípero Serra, added to the basilica of Sant Francesc in 1768.
Contemplating Basilica de Sant Francesc now, is like looking into the past, the modesty, nevertheless the elegance of its main elements seem to invite you to loiter. Staying in the same area, try to see more about Mallorca visiting the neighboring travel highlights, like the Palace of Almudaina or the omnipotent Cathedral.
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