Santuari de Lluc is a sanctuary located in the Tramuntana mountains of Mallorca, Spain. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Balearic Islands and has a rich history dating back to the 13th century.
According to legend, in 1232, a shepherd boy named Lluc found a statue of the Virgin Mary in a cave near the site where the sanctuary now stands. The statue was believed to have miraculous powers and soon became a focal point of devotion for the local people. A chapel was built on the site of the cave in the 14th century, and over the centuries, the sanctuary grew in size and importance.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the sanctuary became a popular destination for pilgrims from all over Mallorca, and in 1715, it was officially recognized as a sanctuary by the bishop of Mallorca. In the 19th century, the sanctuary underwent a major renovation and expansion, which included the construction of a new church and a hostel for pilgrims.
During the Spanish Civil War, the sanctuary was used as a military hospital, and many of the buildings were damaged. However, after the war, restoration work was carried out, and the sanctuary was once again opened to the public.
Today, Santuari de Lluc is still an important pilgrimage site, and thousands of people visit every year to pray to the Virgin Mary and to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains. The sanctuary also includes a museum, which houses a collection of religious art and artifacts related to the history of the sanctuary.