Church of the Immaculate Conception (La Laguna)
The Church of the Immaculate Conception (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Concepción) was one of the first churches built after the Castilian conquest. It was inaugurated in the mid-16th Century but has since been reformed several times in the following centuries. It has historical relevance, as it is the parish church of San Cristobal de La Laguna and Tenerife, meaning that many of Tenerife’s churches have originated from it.
It rises above the Plaza de la Concepción in the old town of La Laguna. Standing out is its famous bell tower, built in masonry and topped with a cupola. You can also climb up the bell tower from inside the church.
Inside the church you can find numerous works of sacred art from the Canary Islands, with works by artists from the archipielago such as Fernando Estévez, Luján Pérez or Cristóbal Hernández de Quintana.
Among the altars, the highlights are the Main Altar and the Chapel of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, with wonderful tableaus, such as La Piedad and the Sagrada Familia.
Fiestas de la Concepción
During Decemeber, the Festival of the Immaculate Conception takes place, when there are various events in the church and the city of San Cristobal de La Laguna. The highlights include the procession of torches and candles on 7th December, which parades through the streets around the church.
On 8th December, the big day of the Festival of the Immaculate Conception involves a solemn mass attended by many worshippers, as well as officials from Tenerife and the Canary Islands.
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