SON Orlandis hermitage, situated between the port of Andratx and the town, fell prey to vandals yesterday who broke into its interior and left it completely destroyed.

Since 1920, when a flour mill was converted into the present hermitage, pilgrims have come each year to pray at Son Orlandis in the months between May and October. After breaking and entering, the culprits set about smashing up the furniture. They also hit the altar piece with very heavy instruments resulting in the marble being cracked and broken apart. Filth and excrement had been left all over the floor and furniture.

The rector of Andratx, Mosen Joan Bordoy said yesterday that “what has happened here is nothing new, the same happens every year. The area where the hermitage is built has become a godless world. It's a great pity, because the mill is a listed building and is of great worth.”


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