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Town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna

  • View of the city of San Cristóbal de la Laguna, with the cathedral in the background. Tenerife © Turespaña

    View of the city of San Cristóbal de la Laguna, with the cathedral in the background. Tenerife © Turespaña

  

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Historic site
San Cristóbal de la Laguna
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its urban structure was a model for many of the towns that were founded in the Americas from the 16th century on.

The town is divided into two parts: Villa de Arriba (upper town), and Villa de Abajo (lower town), and was laid out in the style of the 16th-century Renaissance based on navigation charts. The map of San Cristóbal can therefore be read as a 'star chart', where the cardinal points correspond to specific places in the city and where everything has a symbolic meaning. Its streets and squares are studded with civil and religious buildings. The palaces and stately homes are particularly striking, with their colourful facades and lush interior courtyards. Other sites of note include the cathedral, the churches of La Concepción, Los Remedios and Santo Domingo de Guzmán, the Lercaro Palace, the Town Hall, the University, the Leal Theatre and the convent of San Agustín.

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La Laguna pays tribute to San Benito Abad in the pilgrimage through the city streets, in a demonstration of the best of Canary Island folklore © EFE

Jul 7, 2018 to Jul 8, 2018

Festivity of Tourist Interest

San Cristóbal de la Laguna
San Benito Abad Pilgrimage

Carpet of flowers in a square during the festival of Corpus Christi in San Cristóbal de la Laguna © Turespaña

To be confirmed 2019

San Cristóbal de la Laguna
Corpus Christi in San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Tenerife)

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