Gran Canaria Churches

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Gran Canaria ChurchesCatedral de Santa Ana, Las Palmas
Extending across 7,000 sq m (75,000 sq ft), the capital’s cathedral is an impressive blend of architectural styles. Some important Lujan Perez sculptures and remnants of the original Gothic structure can be seen inside.

Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pino, Teror
Rebuilt and renovated countless times, this immense basilica has drawn numerous pilgrims since the 16th century.

Templo Parroquial de San Sebastian, Aguimes
Follow the maze of cobbled alleys in Aguimes and eventually you’ll reach the magnificent Templo Parroquial de San Sebastian. A supreme example of Canarian Neo-Classical architecture rather than a church. Although started in 1796, the church was not completed until 1940.

Iglesia de Santiago de los Caballeros, Galdar
The distinctive feature of this church is that it wasn’t built to a typical Canarian design, but rather in a blend of Baroque and Neo-Classical styles. Check out the pila verde (green font), allegedly where the natives were baptized when the Spanish first took over.

Basilica de San Juan Bautista, Telde
The façade of Telde’s main church is as forbidding as its heavy wooden door, evoking thoughts of medieval castles. Inside, a Flemish altarpiece, among the most precious works of art in the Canary Islands, outshines the main Baroque altarpiece. The figure of Christ was modelled from corn paste by Michoacan Mexicans in 1550.

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria, Moya
This large 20th-century church, with twin bell towers and a flawless rose window, is the focal point of sleepy Moya, but its most memorable feature is its vertiginous location, perched precariously at the top of a rugged ravine.

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, Agaete
The bright red dome crowning Agaete’s church sets it apart from other churches built in a similar Neo-Classical style.

Iglesia de Santa Lucia
This pretty church of 1905 is likened to a mosque due to its pronounced dome.

Iglesia Parroquial de San Juan Bautista, Arucas
Behind the ornate façade of the island’s most striking church, built largely from volcanic rock, lies equally impressive interior full of sculptures, paintings, stained-glass windows and a grand altarpiece.

Iglesia de la Candelaria Ingenio
This 20th-century church features sculptures of San Jose and San Blas by Lujan Perez.