The lion of Saint Marc in Sineu, is a small but important sight, and an obvious stop on your way through town, ideal for a picture.
The lion is placed just behind the impressive parish church, and dedicated to the patron saint of Sineu, Saint Marc.
During medieval times, this small plaza was a place of holiness and worship. It has even been a graveyard before this.
The sculpture of the lion with wings, was made by Joan Maimó Vadell in 1945, on the 500th anniversary of the patron saint. Between it’s arms, the lion holds the crest of Sineu.
Saint Marc was chosen as patron saint of Sineu back in 1645, when officials of the municipality met to find the right patron saint. The choice was between Saint Marc and Saint Christopher, but hence Saint Marc was the guardian angel of farmers, and Sineu has always lived from cultivating crofts, he seemed like an obvious choice.
Every year on the 25th of April, Saint Marc is celebrated in Sineu. Back in medieval times, people prayed and asked Saint Marc for rain in April.