The Cathedral of La Laguna, and the Santo Domingo

Like you might expect of a Spanish city founded in the 15th century, La Laguna has more than its share of churches. The Catholic Church apparently thought every block needed its own cathedral, convent, or chapel, and walking around town, it’s easy to imagine the outlandish power they must have exercised. We had neither the time nor the inclination to examine every church in town, but did check out both the cathedral, and the Santo Domingo de Guzmán.

Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

The first church we visited in La Laguna was the Santo Domingo de Guzmán, probably because it was adjacent to the parking lot we used when visiting town. Originally constructed in 1522, this church is one of the oldest in the city. Parishioners flock here to worship Nuestra Señora del Rosario, an icon that dates from the late 1550s, and which was brought to Tenerife in 1683. Although it’s always impressive to be in a place which is so old, the effect is somewhat diminished by the modern frescoes which adorn the walls, painted in the early 1900s. [Location]

The Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

Cathedral of La Laguna

More impressive in scale than the Santo Domingo, is the Cathedral of La Laguna, dedicated to the Virgin of Los Remedios. There had been a chapel on this site since the early 16th century (believed to have built atop a Guanche necropolis), but the cathedral itself wasn’t constructed until the early 20th century.

While Jürgen darted around the pews and chapels with his camera, I sprung for the audioguide and took a tour. I explored the small museum, which contains fancy vestments and glittery bling, as well as a strangely large collection of Byzantine icons from Eastern Europe. The tour took me into the various side chapels, in front of the stunning central baroque altarpiece dedicated to the Virgin, then up the stairs to the choir, for a higher view over the interior. [Location]

More Photos from the Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06513 12
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06516 13
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06502 10
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06497 9
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06509 11
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06493 8
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC09993 7
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC09978 6
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC09899 5
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06507 1
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC09898 4
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06529 21
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06525 20
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06524 19
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06522 18
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06519 16
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06518 15
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06521 17
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06517 14

More Photos from the Cathedral of La Laguna

  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06593 46
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06591 45
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06589 44
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06580 42
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06579 41
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06582 43
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06576 39
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06575 38
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06578 40
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06573 37
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06562 36
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06559 35
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06556 34
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06555 33
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06553 32
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06550 31
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06546 29
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06548 30
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06543 28
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06541 27
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06537 25
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06538 26
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06532 23
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06531 22
  • Santo Domingo Laguna Cathedral DSC06535 24

This Post Has One Comment

Leave a Reply