Sleeping Beauties

Tomorrow, August 15th, Catholic Spain will be celebrating the Festividad de la Mare de Déu d’Agost, a national holiday commemorating the ascension and assumption of the Virgin Mary. In Mallorca, the Virgen Dormida will be on display in churches in Alaró, Algaïda, s’Arracó, Artà, Binissalem, Calvià, Campanet, Campos, Capdepera, Costitx, Deià, Felanitx, Fornalutx, Inca, Lloret de Vistalegre, Llubí, Manacor, Maria de la Salut, Montuïri, Muro, Petra, Pina, Sa Pobla, Porreres, Puigpunyent, Sant Joan, Santa Maria del Cami, Santanyí, Sencelles, Sineu, Sóller, Valldemossa and Palma, with thirteen churches participating in the island capital, including the Cathedral.


You don’t have to be particularly religiously minded to enjoy the festively decorated and sometimes pompously laid out Sleeping Virgin sculptures, often of Mediaeval origins. Most presentations will be on display in participating churches for one week only but, occasionally even until the end of this month.

Mare de Deu3

In case you should be interested, you could consult the website of the Bisbat de Mallorca (Diocese in Mallorca) and click on the emblem L’Assumpcio de la Mare de Déu on the bottom column. There, and here, you can download a leaflet in pdf format giving you detailed information in Catalan about places and events in churches throughout Mallorca.

For your perusal, I am offering you reclining Mare de Déu Dormida examples taken in – above, from top to bottom – s’Arracó, Santanyí and Felanitx.

Virgen Dormida 2

And here are some examples from churches in Palma: Sant Francesc (above) and Sant Miquel (below).

Virgen Dormida 3

And, finally, Sa Seu (the Cathedral).

Sa Seu 1

An exhibition Mostra de la Mare de Déu d’Agost will be open at the Monestir de la Puríssima Concepció until August 23rd. A Procession of the Ascending Virgin will be held on August 22nd at 19h00 at the Església del Monestir de la Concepció.

Mare de Deu d'Agost 1

In Palma’s church of Sagrats Cors, Columbian artist María Isabel Uribe Dussán (Neiva, 1969) offers a contemporary installation of Novia del Pueblo, Bella Dona (The People’s Bride) [see photo below]. The church is situated behind the Casal Solleric, in Carrer Sant Gaietà, 9, not far from Jaime III in Palma’s city centre. The installation can be viewed daily (August 11th to 18th) between 11h00 and 13h00 and from 18h00 to 20h00.

Mare de Deu_Maria Isabel Uribe Dussan


2 thoughts on “Sleeping Beauties

  1. Just to say how much I am enjoying your views of my favourite island which I can only visit occaisionally. Thank you. Philippa

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