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Saint Michael's Church, Palma de Mallorca: Detail, main portal with sculpture
Architecture Library, Hesburgh Libraries
According to tradition, the parish church of Sant Miquel occupies the site of a mosque where the first Mass was celebrated following the reconquest of 1229. That building was consecrated as a church until it made way for a Gothic church built in the late fourteenth century. The new construction followed the type of the time with with a single-cell nave and chapels between the buttresses. Only the facade and square bell tower topped by a pyramidal top remain unaltered. The facade has sculpture by Pere de Sant Joan (1398), including the Virgin Mary of the rose window. The statue of St. Michael, over the portal, is the work of Miquel Tomàs (ca. 1730 to 1809).