Last weekend, the Gran Logia de España, the largest Spanish freemasonry lodge, celebrated their annual meeting in Mallorca. For three days, Palma de Mallorca turned into something of a capital of the Spanish Freemason world. The assembly was simultaneously used to elect a new Gran Maestro and it would appear that Oscar de Alfonso Ortega, a lawyer from Valencia, was elected. The Grand Master is at age 42 the youngest person to hold this office in Spain in living memory.
In Spain, Freemasonry started to take a hold during the early 18th century but was frowned upon, if not condemned by the Catholic church. Under the Spanish dictator, Miguel Primo de Rivera, Freemasonry was prohibited, and under Francisco Franco, outlawed and prosecuted. It is said that during Spain’s Guerra Civil some 10,000 Freemasons lost their lives. After the death of General Franco, the ban was lifted and Masonic activity was resumed once democracy returned to Spain.
In the Illes Balears, there are a total of nine lodges, five of which in Mallorca, three in Ibiza and one in Menorca, counting some 400 members amongst them. Of the Mallorcan lodges, two converse in English, one in Castellano and Catalan, one in Castellano and one in German. The Gran Logia Provincial de las Baleares was constituted in 1992.
The photo was borrowed from the Internet, thanks to Wikipedia.