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Mallorcan Parish Churches

You will find that in Mallorcan pueblos it was quite common to rebuild and replace their parish churches over the centuries. Normally, the new church outclasses the previous one in size and splendour. The Esglèsia Parroquial de Nostra Senyora de la Consolació in Porreres is a case in point. This church dates from the late 17th century and was inaugurated in 1714, replacing a previous one from the 15th century which in turn had replaced a smaller one from the 13th century. The size and the opulence of today’s parish church are evidence of the town’s affluence in times gone by. The church organ was built by Lluís Navarro during the 18th century; is famed for its clean sound, helped by the church’s good acoustics and a recent restoration in 1982. Outside, one finds the unusual design of a two-faced sundial with a 90 degree angle between the two faces (see photo), dating from 1798, one facing South and the other, facing West.

The photo was taken in Porreres, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 10th, 2011. The time was 11:40:00.

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