"Visit the Convent Church of Sant Francesc d'Assis" Mahón Things to Do Tip by ranger49

Mahón Things to Do: 17 reviews and 63 photos

The original of this building was the first convent to be build in Mahon in 1459 when it had just an Abbott and 12 monks. Nothing at all remains of that old building ( except the cloisters which now form part of the attached Museum).

The present building was started in the1730s at a time of commercial prosperity on the island and completed in 1792.

On first entering it was at first difficult to adjust to the interior light which seemed very gloomy after the brilliant sunshine outside. Sacred organ music was softly playing via loudspeakers and soon ones eyes adjusted to the highly decorated columns and arches of the nave.

To the right of the main door is the most unusual Chapel of the Virgin.
This octagonal side chapel is flooded with light from the windows in the circular gallery which runs around the building, and from the windows in the lantern-shaped dome which forms the roof .
The decoration here is baroque art at its most florid with something more about it of the ornamentation to be seen in the palaces of secular kings and emperors .
The Dome can be spotted from all around the town and both sides of the harbour but is paticularly visible from the sea where it stand out like a light house.

As you leave, instead of turning right to return to town via Carrer d'Isabel 11 go left for a moment down the short alley to the Mirador. From here there are excellent views of the harbour below.

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  • Written Nov 4, 2011
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