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The Oratori de Sant Josep in Sineu

The Oratori de Sant Josep in Sineu is a charming old chapel. Until now, I had never managed to get a look inside as the oratory had always seemed closed. On the outside, the building is marked as an antique hospital, dating from the 13th century but, I think this reference must refer to the enclosure and not to this chapel building. Finally, I happened to be in Sineu at the right time when the Oratori de Sant Josep was open last Sunday, Dia de Sant Tomàs. When the chapel was first set up in or around 1240, it was dedicated to Sant Jordi until, in 1630, Sant Josep was nominated instead of Sant Jordi as the patron saint; don’t ask me why. The chapel is now open for visits on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year but, no religious services are held with only one exception every year, during Setmana Santa (Easter week).

Instead, the oratory is kept as a kind of church museum and it is beautifully arranged. There are a number of pieces of great merit, including a Renaissance painting depicting the Mare de Déu del Roser i la Sang (by Gaspar Gener, 17th century), a crucified Christ sculpture in wood dating from the 17th century which is being carried through the streets of Sineu during Easter processions, and another carved wooden sculpture from the 16th century.

The photos were taken in Sineu, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: December 11th, 2011. The time was 11:31:27 and 11:26:35, respectively.

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