Tenerife, Spain is largely a Roman Catholic community. Its beautiful and interesting churches are manifestations of how devote the island is to their religion. Here are a few of them:
Cathedral of La Laguna
Also known as Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, this Catholic cathedral is known to be among the most important temples of Canary Islands. Erected in 1915, the church lies in San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Here lies the remains of the city’s conqueror and founder, Alonso Fernandez de Lugo. In 1999, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Basilica of Candelaria
The image of the Virgin of Candelaria is found here in the Basilica of Candelaria. With a neoclassical style, the church is visited by the parishioners daily for their devotion to the Virgin. The construction of the church dates back in 1959 as a former hermitage. It is among the many interesting architecture in Tenerife.
The Church of the Conception of La Laguna
Also known as Iglesia de la Concepción de La Laguna, the Church of the Concepcion of La Laguna is among Tenerife’s oldest buildings. Alonso Fernández de Lugo was the one who ordered for its construction and is now recognized as a National Historic Monument. Many consider the church almost like a twin of Santa Cruz’ Church of the Conception.
Principal Parish of Saint James the Great
Tenerife’s first Christian church after the Castilian forces’ conquest, the Principal Parish of Saint James the Great was dedicated to the saint because the conquest was put in completion on the feast day of the saint in 1496 (July 25).
Aside from the four, La Orotava’s Church of the Conception, Santo Domingo, and San Agustín churches are also included in Tenerife’s important churches.
Whether or not you are a Roman Catholic, the churches in the island will give you much appreciation not just of the structures’ architecture, but more importantly, the religiosity and culture of the locals in Tenerife and the whole Canary Islands.