Former almshouse, Chapel of Blood
The Blood Chapel, or Casa de l’Almoina, as the chapel is also called, is located close to the ethnological museum of Mallorca.
The Chapel of Blood, is a small church construction built between 1414 – 1428 and is the oldest religious building in Muro and the surrounding area. The name, ‘Chapel of Blood’, comes from the homage paid at the altar to the Christ of Blood (Christo de la Sangre).
The Chapel of Blood was constructed on will of the generous priest, Jaume Mollet, who had bequeathed all he had to allow this church to be built. Mollet wanted the church to be used for collecting food for the poor, to worship the Christ and for juries to meet. According to municipal documents, up through the Middle Ages the small church has also been used as a school.
Originally, the church was constructed at another place in town, but was moved twice during the twentieth century, namely in 1905 and in 1973.
The small chapel is built in typical ‘repoblación’ style, which among other things, is characterized by the basilica style we know from churches in most of Europe.
Above the entrance at the main facade, you can see a relief paying homage to both the Christ and Juame Mollet.
If you are in Muro on Maundy Thursdag, you can attend or watch the procession through town, in which the image of the Christ of Blood from the altar in this church is carried in front of the parade.
The Chapel of Blood, was declared a cultural treasure or asset, by the Mallorcan government in 2003.