The parish church of Mother Mary, is literally the biggest sight in Sineu.
The church is the very first thing you will notice, when approaching Sineu from either of the roads leading to the town because of its amazing dimensions.
Just 7 years after the Catalan/Aragon reconquest of Mallorca, in 1236, the first parish church was raised in Sineu. The church was established on behalf of Ferrer de Pallerès, bishop of Tarragonia, southern Catalonia.
In May 1505, a terrible fire destroyed big parts of the church, which took many years to restore, and made the foundation of the temple you see today.
In the years between 1880 and 1882, the parish church underwent some rather extensive works, resulting in an expansion of it. The works was done by architect, Joaquim Pavia, who added the beautiful tympanum to the frontispiece, as well as the rather unorthodox octagon shaped dome on top of the church.
At the main entrance of the church, notice the archivolt, supported by columns with carved nature motifs on them. Next to the entrance, you will see a cross hanging, symbolizing the Via Crucis, Jesus’ way to the Golgata hill.
The massive bell tower of the church, is among the highest of Mallorca’s churches, an amazing 7 store tower, crowned with a pyramid spear.
A local myth of Sineu, tells of es Pern del Món, translated into the screw of the world”, which is located under the bell tower of the church. Every new years eve, the mayor and the rector meets here to oil the screw, because if they don’t, the world will go under.
As with other churches of Majorca, I can only advice you to step inside, and have a look at the many treasures collected through time. Parts of elder altarpieces are preserved in here, such as the one made by Gaspar Gener, between 1571-1581. There is also remains of the beautiful baroque altarpiece of Our Lady of Rosary, and a piece displaying Saint Martin.
In the rectory of Sineu, just next door from the church, you will find the original image of Santa Maria, made by famous painter Gabriel Möger, in 1509.