The facade of this 13th-century church in Palma (remodelled after it was struck by lightning in the 17th century) is typically Mallorcan - a massive, forbidding sandstone wall with a delicately carved postal and a rose window at the centre.
You enter through lovely & peaceful Gothic cloisters with orange and lemon trees and a well at the centre. Inside the church is the tomb of Ramon Llull (1235-1316), the Catalan mystic who became a hermit following a failed seduction attempt and was later stoned to death attempting to convert Muslims in Tunisia. His statue can be seen on the Palma seafront.
Outside the basilica is a statue of another famous Mallorcan missionary, Fray Junípero Serra, who once lived in the monastery here. The streets behind the church, once home to jewellers and Jewish traders.
- "This is an outstanding church and cloisters that should not be missed if you are visiting central Palma." - Trip Advisor
- "A lovely cloister in this amazing Franciscan monastery building. This is the place where Ramon Llull's remains are buried. The Gothic arches are quite stunning. Don't miss the Basilica." - Trip Advisor
- "Me & my wife have visited Majorca this December, and we have turned back home absolutely delighted with the island, particularly with venues like this one. The visit includes a wonderful cloister and one of the most amazing churches I've ever seen. Don't miss it if you visit Palma, you won't be disappointed!" - Trip Advisor
When to come
The church is open Monday to Saturday from 09:30 to 12:30, and from 15:10 to 18:00. Sundays and bank holidays from 09:00 to 12:30.
How to get passes
Tickets cost 3€.
- Plaça Sant Francesc