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The Esglèsia de Sant Julià

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Campos del Port is a very lively pueblo in the South East of the island with some 8,000 inhabitants, lamenting the dubious circumstance that there are no tourist facilities to speak of within its municipal boundaries. Other than that the village is probably best known for Pomar, perhaps Mallorca’s best pastisseria.

Campos del Port is usually not recognised for its beautiful church, the Esglèsia parroquial de Sant Julià, although it should be. The church exterior may not be any more spectacular than that of any other Catholic church in Mallorca, but the interior is quite different and in a stunning way so. Sant Julià was built between 1858 and 1873 in the Neoclassical style. The church’s enormous proportions surprise somewhat, as does the sheer beauty of its vaulted ceiling, splendidly decorated in white, blue and golden stars.

As if that were not enough, the Esglèsia de Sant Julià also offers an artistic gem in the shape of a 17th century oil painting attributed to non other than Bartolomé Esteba Murillo (Nuestro Señor de la Paciencia). One would normally have to visit places like the Museo del Prado (Madrid), the National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin), or the Hermitage (St. Petersburg) to see one of Murillo’s paintings.

Murillo

The photos were taken in Campos del Port, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 10th, 2009. The time was 13:03:17 and 12:53:41, respectively.

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