Founded in 1497 and stablished as the first capital city of the island,  La Laguna became the main economical and political island centre. Nevertheless is more remarkable because is considered the first no fortressed city of Europe. With a simetric street we can say, actually, that is a urban model for the new renacentistic design. “ La Iglesia del Cristo”, “El Palacio de Navas and Salazar” and “Santa Catalina Convent” are some  good  arquitectonical references to explain why UNESCO declared this city Human Hereditage in 1998.Shops, architecture and gastronomic offer make you say easily that La Laguna deserve a walk.

Iglesia del cristo

Built by Alonso Fernandez de Lugo in 1507 is the first  Tenerife´s Franciscan Convent. A few  indoor shrines inside  and a XVIIIth Century plate altarpiece from  Barroque epoque  and a  XVIth century Christ wooden figure, handmade by the belgian artist Louis Der Dule,, are part of this amazing collection inside.

Palacio de Nava ( Nava´s state)

As a mixture of Manierism, Barroque and Neoclassic styles  this state  is another tipical Canary island´s architechture expression. In 1723 became  Vallehermoso residence the Canary Island´s General Captain, but in 1888 was bought by Tenerife´s bishop Ramón Torrijos y Gomez. In S XVIIth Century this house was used also as meeting point for intelectual elite to debate ideas about the economical and political country situation during the ilustration epoque.  This intelectual chats were called “Tertulias de Navas”. May be can be considered one of the first “Think Tank” movement in Spain. After 2008 was totally restored after a fire  had destroyed the whole building.

Santa Catalina Convent.

Founded in 1611 by Dominican Order we can find arabic style influence  in the wooden  balcony and it roof.  Barroque Wooden altarpiece and religious images make this building part of the main cultural hereditage  of city. Virgin and Saints figures as  “ La Virgen de Rosario” , “ Santo Domingo Guzman”  and “ Santa Catalina”   are some other  pieces that show us the spanish catholic devote tradition  that remain even nowadays.

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