La Cartuja de Valldemossa
La Cartuja de Valldemossa, former Palace of King Sancho transformed into Real Cartuja.
Update 24/09/19. The Cartuja de Valldemossa, in Majorca la Cartoixa de Valldemossa, is a palace located in the town of Valldemossa. This palace over time had various uses. Initially it was residence of King Sancho I of Mallorca to later become a former royal residence and finally Real Cartuja.
The Palace of King Sancho.
In the early fourteenth century King James II of Mallorca built the palace for his son Sancho and was for years the residence of the dynasty of King James II. At the end of the fourteenth century the kingdom of Mallorca was incorporated into the kingdom of Aragon and the palace was disused. Later the king of Aragon gave the monks the Palace and the Cartuja was founded.
"La Cartuja was initially built as the residence of the kings of Mallorca, initially called Palacio del Rey Sancho"
At the beginning of the 15th century with the arrival of the monks the palace was adapted to the needs of a convent. The Cartuja after the works had a church, cloister, cells, hostelry and pharmacy among other spaces.
It is of neoclassical style and began its construction in the middle of the 18th century. It is decorated by works by important artists of the time.
La Cartuja today.
In the 19th century the monks were expelled. Part of the facilities went into private hands and the church building along with other spaces were left to the bishopric. Being its owner D. José Mª Bauzá de Mirabó i Maroto, undergoes a new transformation becoming a manor house of the Mallorcan nobility. Since then, illustrious characters such as Rubén Darío, Azorín, Unamuno, Santiago Russínyol have spent seasons ...
"La Cartuja de Valldemossa hosted celebrities such as Frederic Chopin and George Sand among others."
Frederic Chopin and George Sand.
The famous composer Frederic Chopin and the writer George Sand were housed in cell 4 during the winter of 1838-1839. Currently you can visit this cell that houses memories and documents of the stay of these famous people.
In the square there are two ticket offices where you can buy tickets.
• One of them allows you to visit the monastery: church, pharmacy, prioral cell, Chopin and George Sand collection and the Municipal Museum.
• The other box office allows you to visit cell number 4, a cell that was occupied by Frederic Chopin and George Sand.
How to arrive:
La Cartuja de Valldemossa is located in the center of the town. Valldemossa is 17 km from Palma. The Ma-1110 road connects the towns of Palma and Valldemossa.