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Christianity was established in the Canary Islands with the arrival of the Spaniards. Fathers of various monastic orders founded monasteries and chapels and Christianised the native population of the Canary Islands.

The Canarians are almost 100% Catholic and have built many churches in honour of the Virgin Mary. In addition to the regular national church holidays, many feasts of Mary and commemorative days of a large number of saints are celebrated exuberantly. During pilgrimages ('romerias'), images of Mary, Jesus or other saints are carried along.

The patron saint of the Canary Islands is Candlemas or 'Virgen de la Candelaria'.

Some special churches in Lanzarote

The three-aisled, white basilica Iglesia de San Ginés is the main church in the capital Arrecife. The wooden ceiling is in the mudéjar style, the columns are made of black lava.

The parish church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadelupe was originally built in the 15th century and rebuilt in 1680 after being destroyed by pirates. After a fire in 1909, it was restored in the neo-Gothic style. This church is located in the former capital of the island of Teguise.


Evers, K. / Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote

Reisenegger, V. / Lanzarote

Scialdone, V. / Lanzarote

Weniger, S. / Lanzarote
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