A showcase of great artists of Mallorcan Gothic painting
The monastery of the Augustinian canoness nuns of Saint Mary Magdalene was originally a hospital, and it is mentioned in records dating back as far as the 14th century. The incorporation of the nuns was the work of King Pere IV (the Ceremonious), who decreed that some nuns from the convent of Barcelona should be moved to Mallorca. The surviving medieval heritage consists of three unique examples of Gothic art, evidence of the prosperity of the community from the second half of the 14th century.
The oldest and most significant piece is the altarpiece depicting Saint Mary Magdalene, and which must have presided over the Gothic church: the central panel, with the standalone figure of the saint, is the work of Francesc Comes; the side panels are attributed to the so-called Master of Bishop Galiana; and the central pinnacle is believed to be the work of Joan Daurer, all of whom were great artists of 14th century Mallorcan Gothic painting.
The sweets made by this convent and sold to the public are certainly worth a visit: Santa Magdalena pastries, doughnuts, rellenitos (filled pastries), delicias de coco (coconut delights), cinnamon biscuits and, at Christmas, nevaditos (biscuits coated in icing sugar).