The Basílica de Sant Francesc is one of the finest church buildings in Mallorca and would probably be the contender for the top spot were it not for the Cathedral.
The church was built in the late 13th century in the Gothic style but later underwent frequent alterations. After lightning struck in the 16th century, its Gothic façade was rebuilt with an impressive Baroque doorway and pediment. Inside, you will find one of Mallorca’s beautiful historical organs created by Jordi Bosch in 1772. There is also the tomb and sepulchre of Ramon Llull, the 13th century mystic.
You can enter the Basilica’s cloisters through the church. They are well worth visiting; you will not find a more peaceful oasis in all of Mallorca. The beautiful claustro has recently been restored. When the church is closed, as it mostly is, you can still enter through the adjoining monastery and its cloisters. The convent is now a secondary school. Admission to the cloisters is 1.50 €, worth every cent.
The photo was taken in Palma, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: December 30th, 2011. The time was 15:36:15.
The magnificent organ was restored by Gerhard Grenzing of Barcelona in 2008. St Peter’s Singers of Leeds, UK had the privilege of performing a lunchtime concert as part of their overseas tour not long after the renovation. Now the Singers return for a second time as part of the 2013 Mallorca Choir Tour. On Tuesday 29 October they will be performing a Panorama of Sacred Choral Music beginning a 7.30pm.