CONVENT OF SANTA CLARA

Old convent of Santa Clara in Palma




This monastery in Palma, was founded all the way back in 1256 when Pope Alexander IV gave permission to have it founded by Sister Caterina, abbess of the convent of Santa Maria de Tarragona in Barcelona.

Already in 1260, the pope send a letter to the Franciscans in Palma to help Sister Caterina by any means. After this, the monastery grew rapidly.

The monastery, is a beautiful example of Gothic and Baroque stylistics.

Architecture of the convent

The monastery was built on top of a former Moorish mosque. The convent, has expended throughout the centuries, and during these expansions grown to include several civil mansions too.

Major expansion and renovation works were carried out during the 17th century, giving the convent a Baroque style, but preserved the Gothic arches and vaults.

The church, has a single nave ground floor with 4 lateral chapels separated by barrel vaults.

Special interest

1. Father Junípero Serra, was known in his time as a man with great skill as a preacher, and this convent’s church preserves the pulpit from which he delivered the four lessons of the Seraphic school in 1744, that is his only known teaching from the pulpit.

2. Inside the church, you will see the Gothic tombs of various important nuns of this convent.

3. If you are lucky, you will meet the singing nuns in the monastery when you visit.

How to get to the Santa Clara convent

Palma

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.

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