Walk to the top of this mountain outside Pollenca to get the breathtaking panorama views of the area and the bay
The Santuari del Puig de Maria, is a former Medieval monastery situated on top of the hill of same name. Up here, you will explore a scenic scenery of Mediterranean flowers and bird-life, and of course, the breathtaking view over Pollenca.
Built in the fourteenth century, to plead the Virgin Mary for protection from the Black Death, this shrine now sports a Gothic Revival façade and welcomes visitors and overnight guests.
1348: Bishop, Berenguer Batlle, allowed the construction of the site.
1362: The first nuns moved into the monastery.
1372: The monastery, was officially canonized by the Catholic order.
1414: Sleeping hall, kitchen, dining hall and chapter house was established.
1495: The tower is added to the building, to spot for pirates.
1564: The bishop, Diego de Arnedo, forced the nuns to move from the monatery, due to fear of deceases.
1657: Major restoration works began. The most significant symbol of this restoration, is the altarpiece in Spanish Churrigueresque style, by Joan Antoni Homs.
1743: Due to some interesting finds from the Gothic era, a new restoration was conducted.
1858: The facades in neo-gothic style was made.
1886: A column by Miquel Costa i Llobera, in a bulletin for archaeology, makes the monastery popular amongst pilgrims who flee here.
1986: The last occupation of the monastery, was the sisters of the holy heart. These nuns only lived here for 2 years, due to lack of money.
Get directions to Santuari de Puig de Maria in Pollença
Pollença belongs to the most charming and at the same time, vibrant towns in the Tramuntana range. The area is home to a great diversity of species, breathtaking natural areas, vantage points and historical landmarks and points of interest, all waiting to be discovered by you. Pollença is also home to a wide variety of restaurants and bars, creating a vibrant ambience in the rustic narrow streets of the old town. As a travel destination, Pollença is suited for most people, however, if you are traveling with children, the beach area of Port de Pollença is a far better choice.
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