While those pristine white-sand beaches may be just the thing that you’re looking for in a vacation to Spain’s incredible island of Ibiza, you owe it to yourself to experience everything else that the island has to offer. You’ll discover many examples of Ibiza’s centuries of history, architecture and culture, and the island’s nearly 20 churches and cathedrals are a great way to absorb a bit of it all. Whether you consider yourself a believer or not, you’ll find something to enjoy at these four Ibiza religious sites.
1. Puig de Missa Church
Watching over the town of Santa Eulalia from its impressive perch on a hilltop at some 170 feet, this incredible church and its attached watch tower were rebuilt and fortified after being battered by pirates in numerous attacks during the 16th century. The extra work that was put into the church was quite effective as it stands tall and proud to this day, and it’s one of the oldest intact structures on the island. The church was further developed in the 17th century with two additional chapels and a parsonage, and it functioned as the town center with local festivals and other important events held on the grounds.
Today, visitors are welcome to spend some time at this huge whitewashed stone structure with its domed roof and multiple pillars and rounded arches that are reminiscent of the Moorish style. Be sure to go inside to see the Baroque-style altar, which was shipped over from San Millan in Segovia, and you’ll have the opportunity to light a candle. There’s also an old cemetery on the grounds and a nice garden, and you’ll enjoy stunning views of the sea and the town below. Depending upon the time of your visit, you may also enjoy various religious celebrations held at the church.
It’s important to note that an uphill walk is required to reach the church from the available parking area at the Ethnological Museum, and it may prove too much of a challenge to those with mobility issues.
2. Ibiza Cathedral
A treasure of Ibiza’s Old Town of Dalt Vila, this historic cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Snows. Constructed from the 14th century to the 16th century in the very spot that once housed a Carthaginian temple in the 7th century, this historic cathedral boasts an incredible mix of both Catalan Gothic style and Valencian influences.
Visitors are welcome to spend some time here, and you’ll see many great works of art that include two 14th century Gothic paintings of Saint Anthony and Saint Tecla by Francesc Cornes, a 1399 Gothic golden-silver monstrance by Francesc Marti and two 15th century paintings that represent Saint Matthew and Saint James by Valenti Montoliu. Religious statuary from throughout the centuries is also on display.
Whether you’d like to attend one of the regular religious services still held at the cathedral, take advantage of the stunning sea views or explore all that the cathedral holds, you should keep in mind that its location at the very top of the fortified city calls for a rather steep walk. This may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.
3. Iglesia Es Cubells
Often referred to as the prettiest church in Ibiza, Es Cubells was constructed in the 1800s, and it’s the newest church to be built in the island’s rural architectural style. Upon arrival, you’ll see a statue of the Carmelite priest Francesc Palau, who first asked Rome for permission to build a church in 1855. Though the powers that be in Rome weren’t anxious to help out the priest, the church was eventually built on a high cliff in Ibiza Town.
Thanks to its location, Es Cubells boasts an incredible view of the sea, and visitors are always welcome to stop by. You’ll find a play area for the children on the grounds with plenty of swings and other playground equipment, and there’s a really good cafe just across the street. Regular services are held each Sunday.
4. Esglesia de Sant Domingo
Another great church to visit in Ibiza Town, the Baroque-style Esglesia de Sant Domingo was built beginning in 1592 right along with its convent, and it took an entire century to complete. Visitors are invited into the nave, which is over 100 feet long with five chapels placed on each side. You’ll see a Baroque-style Genovese reredos on the high altar and three impressive Valencia-style tile-covered domes. These top the three main chapels of Del Roser, la Purisima and Sant Antoni.
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