The arrival of the Bubonic plague on Menorca’s shores from ships coming in from the East and from northern Africa prompted the Count of Floridablanca, Minister of King Carlos III to commission the building of the Llatzeret in Maó on the King's orders in 1793.
This unusual historical building complex was originally meant as a sanatorium where patients could be quarantined during the constant outbreaks of Bubonic plague. The British government had already built a small complex on what was known as Illa de la Quarantena (“quarantine island”), which was used in the 19th century when the harbour became severely congested.

The sanatorium was opened in 1817 and was closed down after a century until, years later and following some refurbishment, it was converted into a venue for meetings and for national and international conferences. It is also a place where visitors can get a sense of what life was like in the 19th century, thanks to the wonderful spaces and buildings that have been preserved all over this small island.
The complex was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1993 and is in one of the most beautiful places on the Menorca coast, on a small island in the centre of the harbour of Menorca's administrative capital.

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Location: Illa del Llatzeret (Llatzeret Island)
Town: Mahón
Owned by:
Managed by: Consell Insular de Menorca
Telephone: +34 971 157 800

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