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The Iglesia de Santa María in Sineu

Today, Wednesday, is market day in Sineu. To my knowledge, this is the only market in all of Mallorca holding a license to sell livestock. You can buy horses here and mules, sheep and goats, pigs, cows and dogs. Of course you can also buy chicken here and turkeys and pigeons, but fowl and rabbits and birds don’t need a livestock license and can be bought virtually anywhere, certainly in places such as Inca, Manacor and Felanitx. Of course, the town of Sineu is worth a visit not only for its weekly market but, also for some other sights and historic buildings. Today I want to draw your attention to the parish church of Sineu, the Iglesia de Santa María de Sineu. The church has Gothic elements of architecture, originally dating from the 14th century, but a complete rebuild was necessary in 1505 after a rather violent blaze. The separate, external bell tower was built in 1549. There are five lateral chapels on either side of the nave and there is a splendid old altar piece, now being relegated to a secondary position. There is also a rather charming church museum to the back of the altar with some old bits and pieces, including a large collection of Escudelles (Mediaeval bowls) or rather, shards and fragments thereof (photo bottom).

Four saints caught my eye, displayed on a wall to the side (photo top). I suppose they might be a representation of the Four Apostles, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but I am only guessing.

The photos were taken in Sineu, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 20th, 2012. The time was 11:06:54 and 11:10:25, respectively.

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  1. Yes, Klaus, you are spot on thinking that they are the 4 Evangelists. One can tell by the accompanying figures: human (Matthew), lion (Mark), ox (Luke) and eagle (John).

    • David, I am so grateful for you taking the time to confirm my assumption. I did not know how to interpret the accompanying figures. Thank you very much.

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