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History of Valldemossa’s Charterhouse

Deed certifying the donation of the palace by Martin I to the Carthusian Order in 1399

In 1229, King Jaume I of Aragon, known as the Conqueror, arrived in Mallorca. His son, Jaume II, was the first king of the "regne privatiu" of Mallorca, ruling a kingdom that was not dependent on the Crown of Aragon, the dominant kingdom in the area at that time.

Jaume II had a son who suffered from asthma, Sanç or Sancho I. In 1309, in an attempt to help his son, Jaume II ordered a palace to be built for Sancho in Valldemossa as it was believed the local climate could relieve his asthma.

For several years this palace was used as a royal residence; in other words, the home of the kings of Mallorca. However, the kingdom of Mallorca didn't last long and, in 1349, it definitively joined the kingdom of the Crown of Aragon.

As there were no longer any Mallorcan kings, the palace built by Jaume II was never used again as a home for royals. It was therefore decided to donate the building to some monks so they could use the old palace by converting it into a monastery. These monks were Carthusian; they belonged to one of the many different groups of monks. The year was 1399.

After some time, during which the monks made changes to be able to live in the old palace, they realised the space was too small for them: it was necessary to build a new monastery. So, in 1717 work started on building a new monastery that was attached to the palace, representing the second big transformation of the Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa.

After the Carthusian Order had lived in the monastery for four hundred years, in 1835 the Spanish government forcibly took the Charterhouse of Valldemossa from the Carthusian monks and sold it to some individuals; in other words, to people like you! This event was called the ecclesiastical confiscations.

This was the third big transformation for the monastery as several people bought different parts to make them their home. Imagine the luxury of being able to live in such a beautiful place as the Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa! During this time a lot of artists and writers stayed here: George Sand and Chopin, Rubén Darío, Azorín, Santiago Rusiñol, Eugeni d’Ors...

Today the site has become a monument that everyone can visit.