From Palma you drive about an hour to the Santuari de San Lluc. The distance is 48 kilometers. The route takes the Ma-13a out of town. Continue on the Ma-13 until shortly before Inca. There you will turn onto the Ma-13a, which will take you around the town to the Ma-2130. The Santuari de Lluc is located at 525 meters above sea level in the municipality of Escorca.
Prices, opening hours and events
Visiting the Santuari de Lluc is not bound to any opening hours. However, its rooms house, among other things, a museum that is open to visitors daily from 10:00 to 18:00. The museum entrance fee is 5.00 euros. The famous boys’ choir “Els Blauet” intones its songs during school hours daily at 11:15 and at 16:45. There is also singing at the evening service at 7:00 pm and on Sundays at 11:00 am. The Santuari has a pilgrims’ hostel and a campsite. Fixed dates in the year are the great pilgrimage march, which always takes place on the first Saturday in August. On August 10, dances, folklore and a mass commemorate Pope Leo XIII, who elevated the Madonna statue of the Santuari to the island’s patron saint.
The Madonna gets a home
The area where the Santuari de Lluc was built was considered a supernatural place of power in ancient times. Traces testify to the work of shamans from the Megalithic era, druids and the first monastery foundations by Knights Templar. In 1229, a shepherd named Lluc found the wood-carved figure of a black Madonna by a stream in a crevice in the rock. He brought her to Escorca, where the priest granted her a place of honor in the church. The next day she was again in the crevice. And again she was carried into the church. And again she disappeared. At last the Christians of Escorca understood that the Black Mary wanted to work in the place where she had been found. And they built her a shrine: The primitive cell of the Santuari de Lluc.
Safe zone from Franco and pilgrimage site
There are only three black Madonnas in all of Spain. They are considered to have special protective and healing powers. “Sa Morenita”, the little black one, as Santuaris Maria is affectionately called, enjoys fervent veneration among the islanders. It is a tradition to visit her regularly. In total, almost one million visitors and pilgrims come to this holy place every year. The Santuari de Lluc was a protected zone during the Franco era, where the Catalan language and culture could be preserved.
World famous is the boys’ choir “Els Blauet”, named after its blue cassocks. Its roots go back to the 13th century, the actual foundation of the choir took place in 1450. In addition to the Madonna itself, the basilica can be visited, as well as a museum that exhibits archaeological, religious figures, painting, ceramics and folklore. Also worth seeing is the monastery garden and the multiple sundial built in 1991: it displays Central European Time, Central European Summer Time, prayer times and Babylonian hours.
With the Santuari de Lluc you will get to know the spiritual and intellectual center of the island of Mallorca. From this place of power, Mallorcans have received comfort and inner values for centuries. A visit to the Santuari teaches you how unbroken and alive an almost thousand-year-old tradition can be.