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Cloister of the convent ofSant Francesc


The church of San Francisco of Palma de Mallorca, with its Gothic cloister that has been declared a national monument, is one of the most beautiful and best preserved architectural sights in the city. They form part of a convent that was founded with the conquest of the island and that was affected by Mendizábal's ecclesiastical confiscation laws in 1835. Inside the Gothic church, the monumental Baroque altarpiece stands out, and behind the main altar and under the choir is the tomb of the Blessed Ramón Llull. Llull was a Majorcan philosopher and scholar who lived during the 13th and 14th centuries. The church has a central nave with eight lateral chapels. The apse also has embedded chapels, the most recent added between 1445 and 1670. The trapezoid-shaped cloister located next to the church forms a complex of great beauty that was built between the 14th and 16th centuries. The slender columns and lobed arches stand out. The north gallery is the oldest, the west one that is attached to the church and the southern one date to the 15th century.