The mystic island: the sanctuaries of Mallorca
Mallorca is an island with a big cultural legacy. Its appeal goes beyond the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the warm sun, its Nature, the bustle of popular festivities or the exuberance of its fairs and markets.
There are also remote places, full of peace and mysticism. Sanctuaries, hermitages, castles ... buildings with centuries of antiquity where anyone can escape the daily stress.
In this article, we will review five Majorcan sanctuaries, all located in high places. All of them have a hosting service.
Sanctuary of Lluc:
The sanctuary of Lluc is the largest and emblematic of Mallorca. Located in the middle of the Serra de Tramuntana, in the municipality of Escorca, this sanctuary is a peacefull place even though it is a tourist attraction point. Located at 400 meters of height, its construction began in century XIII.
Its name comes from the Latin toponym "Lucus", which means "sacred forest". The area has always enjoyed a certain mysticism and in its surroundings have been found prehistoric tombs. The sanctuary of Lluc holds the image of the Virgin of Lluc, patroness of Mallorca and one of the few black figures of the virgin Mary in Spain.
This sanctuary also stands out for hosting the Choir of the "Blauets" of Lluc, a choir made up of children who study in the sanctuary and who sing in celebrations dressed in a blue tunic. The Sanctuary of Lluc is one of the most beloved places of the Mallorcan people.
In the middle of the month of August the walk from Es Güell to Lluc a Peu (by foot) is organized, a nocturnal pilgrimage to Lluc from Palma, while in September another nocturnal ascent to Lluc is celebrated, this time from all the villages of Mallorca.
Sanctuary of Nostra Senyora de Cura:
Located at the top of Puig de Randa, in the municipality of Algaida, the Sanctuary of Cura enjoys a wonderful landscape view to contemplate the whole island. The Cura Sanctuary is closely linked to one of the most illustrious Majorcan in history, the philosopher and mystic Ramon Llull.
It is on this mountain where the wise man would have been enlightened in a retreat of contemplative life, and where he would begin to elaborate his thought and work. During the fourteenth century, Cura consolidated as a place for wisdom research.
The sanctuary of Cura stands out for the interesting Aula de la Gramatica, remembrance of the old school of grammar, as well as rooms dedicated to the old trades. In addition, this place has its own liquor, the liquor of Randa, patented by the Franciscans of the Third Regular Order.
Sanctuary of the Puig de Maria:
Unlike the previous sanctuaries, the Puig de Maria, located in the municipality of Pollença, demands a walk up through a stone path. From its 330 meters you can see the valley of Pollença, the mountains of Tramuntana and the bays of Pollença and Alcudia.
The hermitage and its monastery were built during the fourteenth century. The sanctuary of the Puig de Maria stands out for its original Gothic style, which has undergone several reforms. Its church houses an image of the virgin, dating from the fourteenth century and that motivated the construction of the sanctuary.
Its access to foot through the mountain, as well as the facilities that surround the sanctuary have made the Puig de Maria a popular place to make family outings.
Sanctuary of Monti-Sion:
Very close to the Puig de Randa there is the Puig de Monti-Sion, in the municipality of Porreres. This sanctuary is 250 meters high and its origin dates back to the 15th century, when the most of its construction was built.
Monti-Sion is a well-liked sanctuary by the neighbors of Porreres. Proof of this is the construction of the road that allows to reach the enclosure by car. This road was built by the neighbors of the village in 1954 in a single day, an achievement that is a source of pride for the inhabitants.
Currently the sanctuary of Monti-Sion stands out for hosting concerts, recitals and popular celebrations, being the Diumenge de l’Àngel (Angel Sunday) the busiest date.
Sanctuary of Puig de Sant Salvador:
The sanctuary of Puig de Sant Salvador is located on the highest mountain in the municipality of Felanitx. Its origins date back to the middle of the fourteenth century, when an initial hermitage was built in honor of San Salvador after a few years in which the black plague deeply affected the island.
The current church was built in the eighteenth century, and more recent are the construction of the monument to Christ King and the Picot Cross, both from the twentieth century and which enjoy great visibility. The landscape that can be seen from Sant Salvador is one of the largest on the island, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea.
Sant Salvador is a crowded place for the felanitxers on Diumenge de l’Àngel and celebrates its festivity the first Sunday after the 8th of September.