Son Pereto Basilica

Son Pereto Basilica

The Basilica of Son Peretó is located about six kilometres far from Manacor, on a small hill. The entrance is very well marked so it won’t be difficult to find it. Rhe Basilica dates back to the 5th and 7th century and remains from the post-Roman era and the pre-Moorish period in Mallorca. This religious place was abandoned during the 8th century. Its was destroyed by fire and no one knows is this was an accident or was the result of a Muslim raid. The Basilica of Son Peretó is one of the few places from this period that can be visited. There was a lot of research carried out here since 2005.

There are two magnificent cross shaped basins, some graves, various stupendous floor mosaics, an altar base, and some tables left. The complex was rebuilt twice, both in the basilica and baptismal area, and in the area that surrounded it. This was a workers’ area where various types of activities were carried out, such as glass work. There were also storage spaces here. Could be that a community not only produced for themselfs, but to other nearby communities as well.

You can discover this charming basilica of Son Peretó by walking through the excavated section that has been carefully made into a museum and restored. This will help you see and understand how period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the arrival of the Muslim societies looked like.

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