Wednesday, 27 July 2011

La Laguna, 515 years old

Today is the 515th anniversary of the founding of the city of (San Cristóbal de) La Laguna. It is to be found in the north of the island, right next to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and is really considered to be part of the same municipality. It used to be the capital of the island before the administrative centre moved to Santa Cruz (1723).

Leal Theatre

Church of The Conception
The historical centre of La Laguna was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 and is popular with tourists and visitors all year round. It is home to the University of La Laguna, founded in 1701, and the first university in the archipelago. It is also where the second international airport on the island can be found. 
Cathedral of La Laguna towers

The main historical centre is pedestrianised so it's possible to wander around without having to watch for passing cars. The streets and the architecture are definitely worth seeing and it would be interesting to hear the stories the walls could tell! Happy birthday La Laguna!

Hasta pronto!

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