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Almost all residents are adherents of the Roman Catholic faith.

Festes de Sant Joan in CiutadellaFestes de Sant Joan in CiutadellaPhoto:Roser Goula (CC BY 2.0) no changes made

From June 23, so-called patron's parties take place almost every week, starting with the Festes de Sant Joan in Ciutadella. This famous festival is graced with fantastic equestrian games, performed by more than a hundred riders on black stallions of the Menorca breed. The festivities end on 7 and 8 September with the patron saint of Nuestra Señora de Grácia in Mahón.

The festivals are a combination of religious expression and traditional customs. There is almost always also a procession, in the ports of Mahón, Ciutadella and Fornells even boat processions in honor of the patrons of the fishermen and sailors, Virgen del Carmen.

Ciudadela Cathedral, MenorcaCiudadela Cathedral, MenorcaPhoto: Unknown CC 3.0 Unported no changes made

The most important church in Menorca is the Cathedral of Ciutadella. The church is built on the foundations of a former Arab mosque. The cathedral was built in the 14th century, but was destroyed several times and then restored. The classicist main portal dates from 1814. In 1795 the church was given the status of cathedral, when Ciutadella was given a bishop again after 1,300 years. Next to the cathedral is the episcopal palace or Palacio Episcopal (Ca’l Bisbe) from the eighteenth century.

The Santa María Church in Mahón dates back to the eighteenth century and is known for its beautiful organ made by the Swiss organ builder Johann Kyburz. The organ has four manuals and more than 3000 pipes.


Sources

Kelly, T. / Menorca
Kosmos-Z&K

Klöcker, H. / Menorca
Deltas

Mallorca & Ibiza, Menorca & Formentera
APA Publications

Montserrat, J. / Reiseführer Menorca : ein Streifzug durch die Insel
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CIA - World Factbook

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