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A simple street scene in Mahon (Mao), the capital of Menorca, taken as I was wandering aimlessly in the direction of the port. The tower you can see in the distance belongs to the large church, Iglesia de Santa Maria.

Built in the 18th century on the site of a 13th century gothic church, the impressive Iglesia de Santa Maria creates one of Mahonís chief landmarks. The interior is of neogothic style but apparently of great note is the monumental organ that has great instrumental and artistic quality. It was commissioned in 1806 by the rector Gabriel Alenyar from the masters Franciso Otter and Joan Kiburz of Barcelona. The organ took three years to build and when it was ready there were problems with its transportation not only due to the fact that the Napoleonic war was on but also due to its immense size, having four keyboards and 3006 organ pipes. Regular organ recitals are held within this church.

And I thought that the young couple passing in front of me added a little foreground interest too.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1268 W: 393 N: 4705] (18940)
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