San Francisco Church, Ibiza – The Salt Workers Church

April 15th, 2009 - 6:46 pm Posted in ibiza, San Francisco Church | Comments (0)
The sculpture of a salt worker by Pedro Hormigo

Until recently the paint was peeling off the outer walls of the rectory and one or two plants had managed to establish themselves on the roof. Before the recently completed renovation, the Sant Francesc de Paula church located on the Carretera sa Canal on Ibiza didn’t seem to have changed much and still gave off the musty charm unique to neglected old buildings, but appearances can be deceptive.

Once you enter the church forecourt, this first impression disappears: the doors are freshly varnished and the walls are dazzlingly white. Unfortunately a few of the original unique features have fallen by the wayside, for example the ornate wrought iron bars to the windows, but the new windows give the building sleeker lines over all.

During the renovation the inside of the church was a hive of activity as the Sant Francesc helpers were busy cleaning, sweeping, painting the windows and gallery, moving the pews into place, and carrying flower arrangements and pots containing some odd, indefinable object. The average age of those present was somewhere between retirement age and Methuselah, but people were having loud conversations, laughing, joking and pottering about.

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