SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA: CULTURAL CAPITAL OF CANARY ISLANDS

San Cristobal de La Laguna, more commonly known as La Laguna, is a city located in the north of Tenerife only 10 Km. from the capital Santa Cruz. Once the capital of the Canary Islands, today it is considered the cultural capital.

A destination of pilgrimage since the time of the aborigines and home to the first Canary University, founded in 1701, in 1999 La Laguna has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city is rich in monuments and places of interest:

CATEDRAL  SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA

The Cathedral of La Laguna or Cathedral of Our Lady of Remedies is of Catholic worship and is one of the most important of the Canary Islands. It is dedicated to the Virgin of Remedies, patron saint of the city and the entire island of Tenerife. Its first construction dates back to 1511 and over the years has undergone various implementations and renovations.

Inside there are the relics of the two Saints of the Canary Islands: Pedro de San Jose de Bethencourt and José de Anchieta, both born in Tenerife.

Among the various treasures contained within it, worthy of note is the Carrara marble pulpit, defined as the best marble work of the Canaries.

CHURCH MATRIZ DE LA CONCEPCION

The Church of the Conception is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. Built in 1511, it has undergone numerous changes over the years. Interesting is the bell tower in Tuscan style that has an architecture similar to that of the Cathedral of Turin and which you can reach the top to enjoy the view of the city.

CONVENT OF SANTA CATERINA DA SIENA

The Convent of Santa Caterina da Siena is a Dominican monastery founded in 1606. It sees its celebrity in hosting the body of Sister Maria de Leon Bello y Delgado, better known as “La Siervita”, a famous religious. Every 15 February his body is exposed to the public and sees the influx of thousands of pilgrims from all the Canary Islands.

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