Vegueta

Vegueta, a National Historical Site, is the old town of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In addition to narrow, paved streets, great architecture and a relaxed atmosphere, the area marked where Juan Rejon founded the city of Real de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1478.

Vegueta

Vegueta presents cultural events and entertainment for visitors to comment below. Among the cultural sites, the most distinguished and popular is the Cathedral of Santa Ana, declared of Cultural Interest. Construction began in 1497 by order of the Catholic Monarchs and has three different styles, Gothic, Renaissance and Neoclassical. Inside the Cathedral is the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the so-called Patio de Los Naranjos.

Vegueta

Facing the Cathedral lies the Plaza de Santa Ana, a square surrounded by colonial buildings of the era, which includes large bronze statues of two dogs and abundant palm trees. Santa Ana is home to the Town Hall, Bishop's Palace, the Cathedral and the Regental Palace, residence of the President of the Territorial Court.

Among other very notable cultural attractions in the area are La Casa Museo de Colón, constituting one of the most representative symbols of the Canary history. It focuses on the house where he stayed during his first trip in 1492.

Vegueta

A visit to El Canario Museo - the Canaria museum - is another recommendation. The exhibition focuses on scientific research and the cultural history of the Canary Islands. Near the museum is the Holy Spirit Square, a pleasant little plaza with an extraordinary fountain in the middle of it. The square is flanked by the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and historic homes of the period.

El Centro Atlántico de Arte Morderna - the Atlantic center of modern art - hosted in a neoclassical building, presents a union of Canarian, African, American and European art.

Other attractions include the Plaza de Santo Domingo, a very beautiful place, decorated with a fountain, trees and Ermita de San Pedro Martir. Built in the sixteenth century, the Church of San Francisco de Borja, a Baroque style, and the Old Seminary.

This article is a community wiki. Edit or revert previous versions. Last edited by helen 08 June 2011 at 16:53.

Comments