Thursday, August 4, 2011

La Laguna

Though Santa Cruz was designated Tenerife's capital in 1723, it had been previously decided San Cristobal de La Laguna would be the center of government at the time the islands were first conquered (~1500). It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. My grandparents took me here because, and I quote, I like "old stuff."

Notice the plants growing on the roof. According to my grandmother, this happens on buildings all throughout La Laguna.

This is the Sanctuary of the Christ of La Laguna.

The altarpiece is one of the most revered images in the whole archipelago, along with the Virgin of La Candelaria. It was made in around 1514 by the Belgian sculptor Louis Van Der Vule, a fact discovered in 2005 by an art history researcher in the University of La Laguna (which was, by the way, founded in 1701!).

from Wikipedia
Though at first it was believed to have been sculpted in Sevilla, studies have determined that it was made in the Netherlandish-Belgian region of Brabant, after which it spent time in Venice, Barcelona, and Andalusia, and ultimately made it to Tenerife.

Lookit that volcanic rock on the left.