The episcopacy has had a historical influence of the island's society. This power is reflected in a number of religious buildings which can be observed through out Minorca. Minorca Cathedral is the clearest example of this wealthy patrimony as well as the most important gothic representative of the island. Built in Ciutadella, at the ends of the 13th century, on top of an ancient Muslim mesquite, it was crowned during the 13th century. Apart from the cathedral, the huge variety of architectonic styles to be found in Minorca will continue to surprise us:the neo-gothic inside of the Santa Maria Church, at Maó with its magnificent organ and excellent musical sources; the neo-classic inspired Carme Church together with its Cloister, where different cultural events are held. In order to close this clerical tour, the best way is to visit the Toro Sanctuary, inhabited by a Franciscan community, at the top of El Toro mountain, a visit not to be missed due to its unique beauty.
The middle class families still have a traditional specific importance on the island. Its palaces, with various centuries of age; will draw our attention thanks to its great expressiveness in its architectonic lines, which represent perfectly the influence of the Minorcan aristocracy.