church building on Ibiza

January 15th, 2009 - 9:00 pm Posted in church, ibiza | Comments (0)

san jordi church, ibizaTechnically speaking, the first step in erecting a church consisted of obtaining the necessary episcopal permission. On an island as remote as Ibiza – and as scarce in literate inhabitants – paperwork of this sort was, in and of itself, a task of enormous proportions.

However, once that hurdle had been cleared, islanders knew exactly how to execute the physical side of church construction. They utilized a fair and pragmatic system of labour organisation which made such long term endeavours as churchraising possible. The years of work needed to build even a simple church generally stretched across more than a decade and thus placed a heavy load onparishioners’ shoulders.

On islands like the Pitiusas, where both human and material resources were limited, the challenge became even more daunting. Inevitably, a project of such magnitude would dominate the public landscape, becoming the focal point around which virtually all conversation and activity revolved. Occasionally, this intense interest could become a source of disagreement but, more often than not, the shared dream of seeing the house of worship successfully completed had a unifying effect, bonding people together and forging a deep sense of community.

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