Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Colonial Past mixed with Modernity

Tenerife (Canary Islands) - time for discovering Santa Cruz, a town where the colonial past is mixed with the modern day capital city….

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    In 1833, by the decree of Spanish king Ferdinand VII, Santa Cruz became the capital of Tenerife (and Canary Islands), taking this privilege from San Cristobal de la Laguna.

The decision reflected the growing economic power and importance of Santa Cruz as a major communication hub between Europe, Africa, Far East and Americas. Even these days Santa Cruz’s is 2nd busiest Spanish harbor.

But these days in an unexpected twist of history, due to the fast growing populations of both agglomerations, the municipalities of San Cristobal de la Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife are physically linked.

It seems to be only a matter of time (and political will) to see the re-union of the past represented by the noble but sleepy Laguna with bustling commercial and political center of Santa Cruz.

Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures

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Free Tenerife Santa Cruz pictures

Santa Cruz - Central Plaza along the Calle de la Marina nicely surprises with "rain-drops" lamps and green tourists' center. The concrete structure is almost entirely covered by the vegetation making it a natural addition to the nearby park (see also pictures above).

Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures

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Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures

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Parque Garcia Sanabria 

     Like most capital cities Santa Cruz has plenty to offer to visitors. The past splendor collected in museums and art galleries as well as preserved along downtown’s historical streets, new architectural marvels like Auditorio de Tenerife (kind of local Sydney’s Opera House), the tradition mixed with new trends in restaurants and bars offering gourmand Spanish food (my favorite was paella) - this is nowadays capital - Santa Cruz.

But this description will not be accurate if I will not mention the Parque Garcia Sanabria - a magnificent place where in an area contained by the busy streets you can find the botanical garden, an outdoor floral art gallery, an exposition of sculptures or in other words the place to rest, to find friends but also to get lost with loved one in the labyrinth of sub-tropical vegetation.

In the center of the park attention attracts the monument designed by architect Marrero Regaldo with the famous sculpture “La Fecundidad” (Fertility) by Frances Borges Salas.

Iglesia de la Concepción (Church of the Conception)

Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures-churches

Tenerife tour in pictures-churches

Tenerife tour in pictures-churches

Tenerife tour in pictures- churches

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Free Tenerife Santa Cruz pictures - churches




Pictures of the Iglesia de la Concepción (Church of the Conception)



     The current Church of the Conception dates from the beginning of 18th century while the tower was erected in 1786. It replaced the original 16th century church - Nuestra Señora de la Consolación, destroyed by a fire in 1653.

The huge wooden balcony adds the local accents of its architectural form – so typical to the Canarian colonial style.

The church contains many important works of religious, historical and artistic value. The most precious are – a gothic statue of the Virgin of the Consolation and the Cruz de la Conquista – brought to the island by Fernandez de Lugo at the end of 15th century.

The richly decorated baroque-style altarpieces are great examples of Tenerife’s local art. The statue of the Immaculate Conception in the main altar was made by Fernando Estévez - the artist from La Orotava.

Tenerife tour in pictures-Iglesia de la Concepción

Tenerife tour in pictures-Iglesia de la Concepción

Tenerife tour in pictures-Iglesia de la Concepción

Tenerife tour in pictures-Iglesia de la Concepción

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Altars in the Iglesia de la Concepción (Santa Cruz) 


To continue the tour of Tenerife cities in pictures click:
Tenerife - Laguna or Tenerife - Icod de los Vinos 

However:
If you want to make a tour of the Tenerife's El-Teide National Park, get friendly with animals in the Loro Parque, experience the bird's view of the island when paragliding, visit the secluded village Masca, taste local potatoes or witness the unique whistling language in La Gomera then click any of the following links:

El-Teide Volcano Park - and follow several pages
La Piedra de la Rosa 
Tandem Paragliding in Tenerife
Canarian potatoes
Whistling Language in la Gomera
Loro Parque-Tenerife
Masca Village


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