History of Mahon at Menorca

This city of 30000 inhabitants is the most populated city of the island and its capital; it is the seat of the island council. It may have been founded by the Carthaginians. It has a neo-Gothic church built in 1771 above a 14th century Gothic church. The decoration of the exterior is elementary and plays only on the contrast between white and ocher; it has an octagonal campanile. In its interior, a central nave, side chapels and a vault of ribs; few works of art, but a feeling of calm and serenity. It has a magnificent organ dating from 1809; you can attend an organ concert every day. The fish market is a must, with its tapas bars and atmosphere. You must also visit the Citadel Isabel II, very extensive, interesting, and from which you have magnificent views. The Iglesia del Carmen is also worth a short visit for its simplicity and quiet interior. To see also the Lazaret, although distant from the city, where were looked after the soldiers during the numerous wars. Do not forget to admire the harbor and its islands: Isla de la Quarantena, Isla del Rey, Isla Pinto, Isla del Lazareto where scientific congresses take place, and take a tour of the old town.

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