Gran Canaria Yes, I am here: Our History
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Cenobio de Valerón

In Santa María de Guía is located an archaeological site which was declared Property of Cultural Interest in 1978. El Cenobio de Valerón was a fortified granary where the pre-Hispanic population of the island stored their foodstuff, among the cavities of the rock.



The historic borough of Vegueta is an obliged visit for museum lovers. Here, one can become a witness to the history of the capital and the role played by the Canary Islands as a strategic enclave in the discovery of America; by visiting the Christopher Columbus House Museum (Casa Museo de Colón), situated in Pilar Nuevo Square. A corner of Vegueta presided by a beautiful quarry stone fountain.


Plaza de Santa Ana (Santa Ana Square)

Santa Ana Cathedral presides the historic borough of Vegueta, in the capital of the island. Before the façade of the cathedral lies the popular Santa Ana Square, which itself is surrounded by Las Casas Consistoriales (the Old Town Hall), the Episcopal Palace and La Casa Regental (the Governors House). This is a corner of the capital where one breathes history and tradition.



In the middle region of Gran Canaria is situated the Villa de Teror, place of pilgrimage of devotees which come to visit the Patron Saint of the Canarian Diocese, the Virgin del Pino. Teror’s cobbled streets and its pretty wooden balconies, reminders of the traditional Canarian architecture, are an indisputable part of its beauty. 


Teror (Interior of the church)

The Basilica of the Virgin del Pino is the neurological centre of Teror (a village renowned for its religious devotion to the Virgin). The temple, place of pilgrimage of thousands of devotees, possesses three naves (or clearly defined spaces separated by columns or pillars) with fourteen semi-circular arches supported by walled columns or pillars. Its extraordinary stained glass windows represent the Mysteries of the Rosary.



The Gran Canaria Walkway, situated in the historic quarter of Firgas, has transformed a natural slope into a beautiful water cascade with a quarry stone finish and decorated with 22 coats of arms (21 of which represent the municipalities of the island of Gran Canaria).



In the historical quarter of Arucas one finds the Parrish Church of San Juan Bautista (from 1909), an extraordinary piece of architecture wholly sculpted from Arucas stone by the stonemasons of the locality. In front of the church façade lies the Square of San Juan, the epicentre of the municipality.


Jardín Municipal de Arucas (Municipal Garden of Arucas)

Arucas is also known as the “City of Flowers”. Here, one can find the popular Municipal Garden, which contains a large variety of plants and trees of great ornamental interest, surrounded by slow flowing water irrigation canals.



The Church of Our Lady of La Candelaria hangs above the cliffs that fall to the Gully of Moya, located in the municipality of the same name. This temple is a clear example of traditional Canarian architecture. From here one can observe the spectacular panoramic views of the northern landscape of Gran Canaria. 



The historic quarter of San Francisco, in Telde, is a picturesque corner characterised by narrow winding alleys of low pointed roof houses and long whitewashed walls. In this corner of Telde is situated the Temple of San Francisco, which contains the stone altarpieces of Santa Rita de Casia, Santo Domingo de Guzmán and Santa Lucía.



The Parrish Temple of San Sebastián, popularly called the Church of Agüimes, is an obliged visiting place in this traditional municipal town. It is one of the best examples of Canarian neo-clasical architecture and for this reason it has been declared a National Historic Monument.


Santa Brígida

In the traditional quarter of Santa Brígida is located the Parrish Church, on the site where the original hermitage was founded in 1522. Its small square is a picturesque corner where one can appreciate not only the traditional low houses of the village, situated to either side of the church, but also a beautiful landscape where large extensions of palm trees can be seen.



In the Square of La Candelaria one finds the church of the same name, whose construction dates from the beginnings of the XX century. In front of the square is situated the Ingenio Town Hall. Ingenio is a municipality of great traditional appeal, where it is a pleasure to lose oneself among its inclined streets and colourful Canarian grand houses.


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