Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria, Candelaria

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Over two centuries after a fire destroyed the church of Tenerife in 1789, Bishop Domingo Pérez Cáceres of Tenerife called for the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria to be built on its footprint. After being delayed by the economic crisis of 1931, World War II, and the Spanish Civil War, he finally commissioned architect Jose Enrique Marrero to design it in 1959. Its eclectic neo-Canarian style incorporates elements of various design styles historically used on the island. Dedicated to the patroness of the islands, the minor basilica draws over 2.5 million pilgrims every year. Inside, you'll find many bright murals depicting angels and saints devoted to the Virgin. The basilica stands on a square with many cafes ideal for sitting outside with a coffee and watching the world go by. Use our Candelaria online tour planner to visit Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria on your trip to Candelaria, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This church seems to be the most important place in Candelaria. It's located nearby the sea, large square and statues of Guanche chiefs.  more »
  • Perfect place to visit the patron saint of the archipelago and enjoy the municipality and Villa Mariana de Candelaria... Good places to buy and eat... Magnificent place to live...
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  • Beautiful piece of architecture with paintings of over 500 years old and counting. The outside square is as nice with some army guys walking around from time to time. Funny to see some ladies asking for money but them clothes were absolutely clean. There's a religious souvenir shop next to the entrance as well as on the way to the basilica itself. Not to miss for sure
  • Nice place, absolutely beautiful. I really wish my Spanish was better. This seems like the place where spanish folks holiday. Not felt more out of place, but that's my fault for not listening in Spanish class. Would recommend as its beautiful.
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