Friday, July 15, 2011

This wonderful building is the Basilica de de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, or Basilica of our Lady of the Candlestick.

According to the story, a group of Guanches (the indigenous tribe of Tenerife) found an image of the Virgin on a rock in 1390, after which they moved it, first to a beach, and later to a series of caves. Eventually, they constructed the present building in 1949, created to replace an earlier basilica that had burned down in 1789.

This is the main altar. After Mass, they open a corridor that runs through the sides of the back of the church and allow people to go in and touch the Virgin.

This is inside the Capilla del Cristo de la Reconciliacion, or Chapel of the Holy Christ of Reconciliations, which is dedicated to confessions. The image was created by Ricardo Rivera Martínez in 1936.

This is the ceiling of the Capilla del Sagrario, or Chapel of the Sanctuary. The following image, a Last Supper by José Aguiar, is featured on a mural inside it.

The church is absolutely gorgeous, if a little overwhelming. It really makes you understand that sense of insignificance church fathers were trying to instill on their congregations when creating their buildings.

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