Basilica of St. Francis

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Learn about the lives and struggles of some of Mallorca’s most important religious figures at this superb 13th-century church.

The combination of 14th-century Gothic and 17th-century Baroque styles makes the Basilica of St. Francis one of Mallorca’s most intriguing attractions. Discover statues and tombs telling the story of some of the island’s most famous figures, relax in the serene courtyard and find even more artwork within secluded tombs and cloisters.

Stand in front of the church before the high, sandstone façade and admire the intricate carving and grand circular window. This was one of the features added to the church after it was struck by lightning during the 17th century the light color and Baroque features provide a stark contrast with much of the Gothic architecture within.

Enter through the Baroque doorway and you are suddenly within the church’s Gothic heart. Cast your eyes up to the vaulted ceiling to admire stonework and sculptures dating back to the 14th century. Your eyes will take a little time to adjust to the dim light within, but you will soon notice more religious statues and carvings on the walls and pillars of the interior. Prominent among these are the Capilla de los Santos Mártires de Gorkum. These depict the gruesome killings of 19 Catholics in Holland in 1572.

Explore the interior further and you will find the tomb of one of Mallorca’s most famous historical figures, Ramon Llull. The theologian, philosopher, poet and hermit was stoned to death in 1315 after he was found attempting to convert Muslims in Tunisia. You may see locals dropping coins in a box, donating to the campaign to have him canonized.

In the adjoining cloister, discover more fine Gothic features. Arches surround a tranquil oasis of citrus trees and exotic flowers. Relax in the shade and savor the peace and quiet away from the busy city streets.

The Basilica of St. Francis is located in the old town, close to the center of Palma de Mallorca. It is open all week with a small admission fee. Public transportation links to the church are good. You will find many excellent hotels and restaurants nearby.

Top Hotels Close to Basilica of St. Francis

HM Palma Blanc Hotel
HM Palma Blanc Hotel
4 out of 5
Carrer de Ramon y Cajal 12, Palma de Mallorca, 07011
The price is $142 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Palma de Mallorca. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Popular attractions Port of Palma de Mallorca and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (36 reviews)
"Excellent new hotel. Very clean, good location with a short walk to the old town, super friendly staff."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

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Nakar Hotel
Nakar Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Jaime III, 21, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, 07012
The price is $252 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Palma de Mallorca. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (326 reviews)
Lovely stay, would love to come again!
"Beautiful hotel with an amazing location. Breakfast was excellent, rooms were clean, spa was perfect and the private jacuzzi was a nice bonus! Highly recommended"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

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Boutique Hotel Posada Terra Santa
Boutique Hotel Posada Terra Santa
4.5 out of 5
Calle Posada Terra Santa 5, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 7001
The price is $291 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Palma de Mallorca. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (676 reviews)
"Such a cute hotel. The staff was great and the hotel was beautiful."

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Hotel Palma Bellver Affiliated by Meliá
Hotel Palma Bellver Affiliated by Meliá
4 out of 5
Paseo Maritimo 11, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 7014
The price is $121 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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4 out of 5
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The price is $142 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
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4 out of 5
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The price is $252 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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Boutique Hotel Posada Terra Santa
Boutique Hotel Posada Terra Santa
4.5 out of 5
Calle Posada Terra Santa 5, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 7001
The price is $291 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
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Hotel Almudaina
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4 out of 5
Avenida Jaime III, 9, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 7012
The price is $184 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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INNSiDE by Melia Palma Bosque
INNSiDE by Melia Palma Bosque
4 out of 5
Camilo Jose Cela 5, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 07014
The price is $148 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 13
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Petit Palace Hotel Tres
Petit Palace Hotel Tres
4.5 out of 5
Carrer del Apuntadores 3, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 07012
The price is $221 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
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Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
5 out of 5
Plaza Sant Francesc, 5, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 7001
The price is $476 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
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Antigua Palma Casa Noble
Antigua Palma Casa Noble
5 out of 5
Calle del Sol 1, Palma de Mallorca, 07001
The price is $328 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
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