CHURCH OF SANTA MARGALIDA
Visiting the church of Santa Margalida in Palma
The construction of the church was initially begun in the 1230’s by the Franciscan friars who arrived from Rome immediately after the Aragonese-Catalan conquest of Mallorca in 1229. King Jaume I of Aragón, protagonist of the conquest, had promised assets and properties to multiple religious orders once the campaign was finished.
The nuns of Santa Margalida were initially installed in a property at the Plaça del Mercat, but due to an exchange with the Franciscan friars the nuns moved to this place in the 1270’s. First prioress of the Santa Margalida order in Mallorca was Caterina de Torrella, niece of Ramon de Torrella, first bishop of Mallorca.
During the second half of the 14th century parts of the convent started to take form but could not finish due to economical crisis.
The convent underwent several reforms during the 16th century in accordance to contemporary styles and guidelines of that time. Santa Margalida was one of the first nun convents to adopt the guidelines of the Council of Trent (1563), forcing an even stricter closure. As a result of this adoption, four nuns were sent to the convent of Puig de Maria in Pollenca to promote it, as the nuns here were reluctant to adopt these.
How to get to the Santa Margalida church
Palma is the capital of Mallorca and seat of the Balearic government. Palma was founded during the occupation of the Roman empire, about 123 BC, and later developed by the Moors and Catalans. Palma has several times been awarded best place in the world to live; it is a city of great diversity, cultural heritage and commercial activity, making it an attractive city to a broad audience. Palma is one of the best places in Spain to go shopping, all the new arrivals from other Mediterranean capitals arrive here before other places in the world, plus, there are hundreds of local specialty boutiques.
The rich history of Palma has left an incredible amount of landmarks and points of interest to discover i.e. the Arabian baths, the cathedral, the Bellver castle, the Almudaina palace etc., as well as hundreds of other unique constructions perfect for sightseeing in the city.