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The Festival de Música Clásica Port de Sóller is held at the Museu de la Mar in its old oratory, specially adapted for the event. The concerts, which always takes place in the fall, brings musicians of international stature in a charming setting together. 

Housed in a former monastery (Santa Caterina d'Alexandria) with a long and colorful history, the Museu de la Mar tells the story of the fascinating maritime past of the harbor's inhabitants. The building dates from the end of the thirteenth century, was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries, reforms in which it was even used as a shelter for a colony of lepers and as a hospital.

The Chapel of Santa Catalina (Oratori of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria) was built around 1280 to commemorate the miraculous transfer of San Raimundo de Peñafort by using his cape as a boat to get from Port de Sóller to Barcelona. The history of this building was marked by several episodes of destruction, reconstruction and epidemics.
The first chapel was destroyed by a barbarian raid in 1542, a new chapel dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria (Oratori of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria) was gradually built in 1550, with a large effort on the part of the city. The plague of 1562 constituted a serious setback to the chapel during the next two centuries, the cult was refused.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the urbanization of the hill of Santa Catalina and the increase in the population of school age made it necessary to build a school in this area. At the time of the Civil War, the Department of the Navy was installed in the premises of Santa Catalina. In 1972, the School of Submarine Weapons was moved and the building was abandoned.
In 1996, a restoration project was launched. This project, completed in 2001, consisted of the complete restoration of the Monastery of Santa Catalina, the tower and the building of the watchtower. The building conserves the tower, the windows and the initial portal.
The Monasteryi of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria has been converted into the Maritime Museum (Museu de la Mar).

The Museo de la Mar was intended to be an interpretation of the history of Sóller and its center of the port in relation to the maritime link between man and the sea there is presented in all its aspects, highlighting the most curious features of this relationship with the history of Sóller.

The Museo de la Mar  is located in the neighborhood of the sailors on the far right of the bay, at the entrance to the peninsula near to the lighthouse of the Cross (Faro de la Cruz). 

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