Santanyí is in the south of Mallorca. The municipal district covers an area of 126.3 km2, with a 35 km stretch of coastline which includes some of the best unspoilt beaches in Mallorca and the Mondragó Natural Park. The village of Santanyí was founded in 1300 by King Jaume II of Mallorca on the site of an existing settlement. The old quarter provides a good example of traditional Mallorcan architecture, with numerous portals with semi-circular arches and other architectural features made from Marčs stone from Santanyí; this sandstone is used extensively in Mallorcan construction, and the stone from this area is finer and of a better quality than that from the rest of the island. In fact, stone from Santanyí was used in the construction of the cathedral of La Seu in Palma.
During the 16th century the town suffered numerous attacks by pirates from North Africa owing to its proximity to the island of Cabrera, as pirates hid out on the island and on the coves along the coast. In order to protect the town from these attacks, a wall was built, of which one of the entrance gates - Porta Murada - still remains.
Santanyí´s most important monument is the Parish Church of Sant Andreu, which exists in records going as far back as 1265. The current building has its origins in the chapel of Capella del Roser, which dates from the 14th century and which was constructed in a transitional style taking in both Romanesque and Gothic elements. At the end of the 18th century the church was vastly expanded with the addition of a new construction joined onto the earlier one, where there is a monumental organ which came from the Convent of Sant Domingo in Palma de Mallorca.
The Sanctuary of La Mare de Déu de la Consolació (Sanctuary of Mother of God of Consolation) is located at the top of a hill near S´Alqueria Blanca as you head towards Santanyí. It is a complex of buildings from the 15th century which is protected by walls, with a church with a single nave with a barrel-vault ceiling.
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Traveller name: Claudio Lopez (March 2010)
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Veo en internet la belleza del area de Santanyí, y recuerdo las historias que mi Madre narraba de su bisabuela, dońa Agustina Escalás de Santanyi , que casose con Don Gregorio Oliver Jarín de Lluchmajor. Tuvieron dos hijos : Jaime y Gregorio Oliver Escalás. Jaime se casó con Micaela Ramón y Nadal. Tuvieron cinco hijos en Felanitx. Luego vinieron para Mar del Plata-Argentina. Uno de sus hijos Juan Oliver se casó con Amalia Zaferano y tuvieron a Marta Oliver, mi Madre. Pregunto si es posible contactar alguna persona descendiente de estos apellidos en estas ciudades. Mi correo : email@example.com Gracias.
Traveller name: Miguel Franco (February 2010)
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Nuestro abuelo nació en esa hermosa localidad , me gustaría saber en donde busco información sobre el nacimiento