Mare de Deu dels Angels church

Church in Pollenca

Plaça De L’església De Nostra Senyora Dels Àngels De Pollença
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The parish church, established in 1236, underwent a significant transformation when it was entrusted to the Knights Templar just four years later. These knights had been granted substantial land in northern Mallorca by King Jaime I of Aragon in recognition of their crucial assistance during the Conquest of Mallorca in 1229. It was around this church that Pollença began to flourish, ultimately becoming one of the island’s primary towns by the end of the 13th century.

Following the dissolution of the Order of the Knights Templar in 1312, all of their assets, including this church, were transferred to the Order of the Knights Hospitallers, later known as the Order of Malta, and remained under their stewardship until 1836. The sole remaining relic of its original structure is the foundation of the bell tower, which was initially constructed in 1470 but reached its current height only in 1921.

The present-day edifice we observe today was constructed between 1714 and 1790. It features a basilica floor plan and boasts vaulted side chapels. Inside, visitors can marvel at several valuable artworks, including the Baroque altarpiece dedicated to Mare de Déu dels Angels on the high altar. This altarpiece, crafted between 1752 and 1764 by the Mallorcan sculptor Joan Pere Obrador, is a notable highlight. Additionally, the church houses fourteen large canvases depicting the Stations of the Cross.

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Visiting Mare de Deu dels Angels church

Address: Església Santa Maria de Pollença, Plaça Major, Pollença, Spain
Duration: 20 minutes

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