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. Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Candelaria Edition.
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  • We visited early on a Tuesday morning (9am) Never before have I got emotional when visiting a building, but as soon as you walk into this place it just hits you. This is the locals church and they ver...  more »
  • It is surprisingly calm and uncrowded here. We past by on our way to the South airport. The basilica is a 1950s building and kind of the only sight in the town. Rather not worth a distinct trip. The s...  more »
  • Statues amazing a few shops and bars Madonna is in a different place strange need to explore surrounding streets  more »
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  • The Basilica is nice, however look out for fake "parking guides" in the area. They offer parking guidance for unsuspecting tourists to parking places that are for free parking anyway. Some of them even have high visibility vests for an official look. BTW the paid parking on the promenade is cheaper than these offers and 40mins free.
  • Worth a visit people very friendly lovely church nice walk on the front good bars and restaurants sander bank on the corner very handy if u r short of cash nice little gift shops as well not a massive place but a must visit 👍😁
  • The basilica is in the center of Candalaria. We placed our car in the town centre and walked over there. You could also park next to the basilica however most spots are already taken. The basilica is worth visiting it looks beautiful on the inside.
  • Green sculptures along the edge of the Temple square. A spanish inscription into the Basilica: "no hagan fotos"
  • Immense basilica looming a mysterious and sacred shore of Candelaria. After admiring the church itself, take a little walk to a cave with plenty of candles!