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History of Santuari de Lluc

13th century monastery

The Santuari de Santa Maria de Lluch

Escorca, Mallorca

The legend

It was said that on the 10th of August, 1894, Lluc, a Moorish pastor of the Christian faith, discovered a stone statue of the Virgin Mary in a creek. He brought the statue to the parish church of the Escorca village. But the Virgin disappeared and was found again in Lluc where it was discovered. Due to the miracle, it was crowned as Queen and Patron of Mallorca by the express concession of Pope Leon the 13th. The villagers decided to construct a chapel in her honour in the highly-cherished natural setting. This area is now known as the Santuari de Santa Maria de Lluc.

The history

The first Christian chapel was constructed in 1230 and the building was finished in 1622. In the 16th century, canonised schools were built in the complex, renowned for their "blauets". These children sang daily in honour of Our Lady of Lluc in the name of the Mallorcan village. The porch that still hosts pilgrims today was built in the 16th century. Typical rooms and barns make up the central square. The museum was constructed, as well as the Escorca municipal government and other establishments that were required by the complex to receive visitors. Lluc has always been considered a unique, essential place in Mallorca. A space where faith, culture and nature merge, and where each person finds exactly what they seek. It is our home and now, it is yours.