Enjoy the amazing panoramic views from the beautiful sanctuary of the Bonany hill
This medieval convent of Santuari de Bonany, is located on top of the hill of same name, dividing the villages of Petra, Vilafranca & Sant Joan. From up here, you can enjoy a blessed panoramic view over the entire es Pla region.
Back in medieval times, this hill was known as “Puig d’en Burguès” and later “Puig de Maria”, before getting the name of Bonany in the early 1900’s.
Local legends tell, that the Santuari de Bonany was built by locals in the early 1600’s, as a tribute to the Virgin Mary, after a statue of her was found on this hill. At this time, the Santuari de Bonany was mainly used by local farmers, who came here to pray for rain after long times of dry weather.
On your way to the Santuary de Bonany, you will see some impressive stone crosses standing next to the road, these mark the old pilgrimage path. They were build by local stone-cutter, Joan Vives Lliteras.
The construction you see today, is actually the second construction of the convent, after a lightning struck the convent back in the 1800’s, and destroyed most of the buildings.
Between 1896 and 1990, the convent was inhabited and maintained by the hermits of Sant Pou and Sant Antoni. When the temple was to be rebuilt, they added extra rooms for pilgrims to stay. They also planted the gardens up here, as well as built the well you see in the courtyard. In 1915, the last addition was made to the Santuari de Bonany, a small chapel made of stalactites from local cave “Cova d’en Tugores”, where they placed a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Needless to say, you will have the most amazing view over Majorca from the Santuari de Bonany, and this should be seen!
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