FRANCISCAN CONVENT OF SISTERS OF MERCY
In 1856, the Priest Marià Ribes de Pina, and his sister, Josepa Maria, founded the Congregation: ‘Filles de la Misericòrdia’ (Sisters of Mercy), which quickly spread to other locations in Mallorca. The Early Christian Convent was located inside the islet of the Church, and in 1891, a new building was constructed, which was connected to the old convent with a bridge.
The Chapel was inaugurated in 1924; it was designed by the architect, Francesc Ferrer Moragues. The convent, was considered the headquarters of congregatrion, and was a novitiate’s house from 1862 until the 1980’s.
A lintel doorway connects to a small foyer where there are three doorways; the left one provides access to the Entrance Hall, with an outstanding pictorial decoration, such as a portrait of the Founder, Monsignor Gabriel M. Ribes. On the right, a rectangular patio contains the sculpture of Sant Francesc blessing Friar Lleó.
The chapel has a façade with an ogive arch doorway, with the Franciscan Coat of Arms in the tympanum, a Rose window, three small windows, and crowned with a steeple. The interior defines a nave with a rectangular floor plan, with a coffered wood ceiling in the nave, and extending beams in the Presbytery and gallery buttressed by a skene arch. The Presbytery has an entrance by means of a semi-circular transversal arch, and in the background, a niche contains the “Sagrari” (Tabernacle), with a sculptured relief of the “Sagrada Familia” (Holy Family) and Sant Francesc by the sculptor, Oliver. To the right, there is a sculpture of the Mare de Déu de la Inmaculada, and on two sides, Ogive arch stained glass windows; to the left, the Sacristy doorway opens with a Neo-Gothic convex moulding. Below the gallery, there is a sculpture of Sant Francesc.
How to find the convent
Algaida is a typical rural area found in the most southern part of the region called “es Pla de Mallorca”, a place where agricultural traditions are still commemorated in the local spirit. Algaida is, however, also a place of great diversity, both in its landscapes and when it comes to the things you can do here. There are a bunch of local points of interest to see such as the parish church of Sant Pere i Sant Pau, the old stone croosses in the streets, the famous Cura sanctuary, the Xina windmill and the medieval chapel of Castellitx built immediately after the Catalan conquest of the island. But there is also the famous Gordiola glass factory and the Modelmon interior design showroom. Algaida also celebrates its traditions several times a year with entertaining festivals in the town, absolutely worth attending for a cultural input.
Other charming destinations in the Pla de Mallorca region