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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  • August 19, 2017
    A nave built in the 1950s. But there are other religious buildings that deserve more that we linger there, especially for the furniture.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The Basilica is located in the Centre of Candelaria, at the end of a street full of shops and peak for playa de la arena. Majestic externally and internally, is definitely worth a visit. Hits the statue of the Black Madonna symbol of protection for the Canary Islands. Parking nearby as the area is pedestrianised.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Basilica next to the sea... Great location. And a beautiful square with the Guanche Kings at the edge of the sea. Monday it is closed so we could not visit inside. A penalty.
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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!

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