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The Claustro de Sant Antoniet

The Claustro de Sant Antoni de Viana in Palma de Mallorca, commonly known as Sant Antoniet, originally belonged to a church and a convent, built at around 1727. Large parts of what was the monastery is currently occupied by offices of lawyers and other commercial uses as well as a large high street bank. I understand that the monastery was abandoned around 1835 as a consequence of the Spanish desamortización (Ecclesiastical Confiscations of Mendizabal) but I may be wrong.

As far as I know, the church is not used for regular church services any longer. Yet, if ever you have a chance to visit, grab the opportunity. The church architecture is interesting in as much as there is an oval layout to its interior with a beautiful dome-shaped finish. The architectural style is of a Baroque quality with undeniable Italian influences.

The cloisters are more easily accessible. Again, they are of an elliptical shape. Now and then, this space is used for art exhibitions and, at Christmas time, for one of Palma’s largest Belén (nativity scene) displays.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: July 22nd, 2010. The time was 12:53:56.

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