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Monastery of Santa Clara, Palma, Mallorca (Convent de Santa Clara)

Santa Clara Monastery (Convent de Santa Clara) is a historical and current women's monastery, located in the centre of Palma de Mallorca, close to Arab baths (Banys Arabs de Palma), to the address: Carrer de Can Fonollar 2.

The first mention of the monastery of Santa Clara in Palma dates back to the 13th century and refers to the time of the reign of king James I of Aragon.

In 1256 Pope Alexander IV gave permission for the establishment of a new convent in Palma, at the request of Carissa, sister Catalina, abbess of the monastery of Santa Maria de Tarragona, who wanted to send a group of nuns on the island of Mallorca with the purpose of founding a new monastery in Palma. In connection with the nun's request, Alexander IV sent a letter mayorcouncil the Franciscans, in which he asked them to help the nuns to live in the capital of Mallorca. Then the nuns came to the island and 1260 settled in the center of Palma on a plot that was given for the construction of the new monastery. Catalina Berenguer and Guillermina, her sister, belonged to a noble family that allowed to quickly build the monastery and continue to progress.

The main building of the monastery was built on the remains of a Muslim Shrine. Over the next centuries the monastery was transformed and expanded, absorbing, including the nearby civic buildings, such as the family home of Monson. Subsequently, the monastery has undergone various restorations.

Photo of the entrance to the monastery complex

After the entrance, around the courtyard a low building and the Church of the monastery, which is the third of those that was built at the monastery.

Photos of buildings of the monastery and one of the halls

On the left side of the facade looks pretty simple Church of Santa Clara is a bell tower with a square plan, built into the wall of the main structure of the Church, which is in three sections.

On the right side of the main facade of the Church is the main portal (entrance), Dating from 1671 to the year and decorated with floral motifs. Above the portal there is a ledge, topped by a pediment, in the centre of which is a medallion with a relief image of Santa Clara.

In the nave of the Church a remarkable main altar and side chapels with vaulted ceilings.

In the upper part of the main altar is the image of the Immaculate conception.

Near the monastery of Santa Clara, you can stay at 4-star Santa Clara Urban Hotel & Spa with rooftop terrace with loungers for sunbathing, a cafe-bar, free Wi-Fi, free Parking and a Spa with hot tub and Turkish bath.

In rooms: air conditioning, bathrobes and plasma-screen TVs with satellite channels. Some rooms feature docking stations for iPod.

Room rates may include Breakfast. Link to the hotel

A little further from the monastery of Santa Clara is a 5-star hotel Palacio Ca Sa Galesa with a terrace on the roof with a finger buffet and views of Palma Cathedral, Bicycle rental, restaurant, bar, Spa and Wellness centre, free Wi-Fi, free Parking and family rooms.

Individually designed rooms decorated with works of art by Miro, Calder or Bennasar. Each room has air conditioning, satellite TV, laptop safe, hot tub, DVD player, bathrobes and Slippers. Link to the hotel

All accommodation in Palma, including near the monastery of Santa Clara in the historical centre of the city as a whole, it is possible to look and book here

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