CA SA MANESCALA
About Ca sa Manescala
This is the birthplace of the most famous names of Vilafranca de Bonany, namely Joan Mestre Oliver, better known as Lluís de Vilafranca (1770-1847).
Lluís de Vilafranca, had dedicated his life to the Friars Minor Capuchin order (offshoots from the Franciscan order), and worked as a librarian for the capuchins in Palma.
Lluís de Vilafranca, was considered a highly intellectual person and well respected. Amongst others, he was a close friend of Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos and Joan Ramis.
In 1835, when all monasteries and convents were seized by the prime minister of Spain to raise funds for the Carlist War, Lluís de Vilafranca chose to retire and return to Vilafranca de Bonany where he ended his days.
To the right of the main entrance, is a memory plate in honour of him.
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Vilafranca de Bonany
Vilafranca de Bonany is a relaxing and tranquil little area in the Mallorcan countryside, a place where agricultural activities and traditions are still intact. Vilafranca may not be a big place, but it has a big heart, which is seen in the many annual celebrations and fairs held in the small village. The pastoral heart of Vilafranca is not to be missed, several religious monuments evidence the impact of religion throughout centuries. The main attraction, is the hilltop sanctuary of Bonany, an old monastery overlooking the entire countryside as far as the eye can see, but there is also the church of Santa Barbarà, the rectory, the small nun convent and several other historical buildings in the village to discover.
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