Monastery of Santa Maria de Bellpuig

Monastery of Santa Maria de Bellpuig

  • Tipology: Monastery
  • Funcionality: Religious
  • Dating: 13th century (with fore archeological remains)

Camí Vell de Ciutat

Bellpuig monastery is located in the vicinity of cami vell de Ciutat (Palma’s old road). The foundation of the monastery dates back to the Catalan conquest of the island. Jaume I granted this land to the Catalan community of monks from the abbey of Bellpuig de les Avellanes. This historic event led to the resettlement of the area and the new settlers reused the existing prehistoric, Roman and Muslim structures. This monastery is organized around a cloister-shaped square courtyard. The church, stores and monastic dependencies are located around this structure. The church is the best preserved structure by far, with the rest of the site lying in ruins. This gothic style church is typical from the Catalan resettlement period. It features a single nave with gabled roof. The decoration in the interior is composed by the geometrical forms of the capitals and a small window in the apse. The Virgin Mary sculpture was transferred to Artà in 1425 after the monks left the site. The monastery was bought then by the Vivot family. The complex passed to the Dameto family in 1637. This family transformed the monastery into a farmhouse modifying the structure of the monastery. The Consell Insular de Mallorca acquired Bellpuig in 1999. Several excavations have been carried out in the monastery and surroundings, bringing to light prehistoric, Roman, Muslim and monastic artefacts.

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