Església de Sant Bartomeu
Banco de Sóller
A student of Antoni Gaudí, Joan Rubió, is responsible for the strikingly Modernista frontage of the 1912 Banco de Sóller (nowadays Banco...
Plaça de la Constitució
The main square, Plaça de la Constitució, is 100m downhill from the train station. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, filled with...
This central language school runs intensive Spanish language courses.
Scoot down a cobbled lane off the main plaza to reach Casa Alvaro, which pulls off its minimalist-traditional bodega look with ease....
Plaça de la Constitució · interesting places nearby
Església de Sant Bartomeu information
A disciple of architect Antoni Gaudí, Joan Rubió got some big commissions in Sóller. The town didn't want to miss the wave of modernity and so Rubió set to work in 1904 on the renovation of the 16th-century Església de Sant Bartomeu. The largely baroque church (built 1688–1723) preserved elements of its earlier Gothic interior, but Rubió gave it a beautiful if unusual Modernista facade.
The interior is gilded yet sombre with dimly lit chapels offset by the ornate altarpiece. Our favourite perspective is to walk towards the altar, and then turn for a view of the chandelier, organ and luminous rose window. The church's candelabra-like summit is visible from all over town, set against the backdrop of the Serra de Tramuntana.