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San Cristóbal de La Laguna

March 16, 2016


San Cristóbal de La Laguna, was founded in 1500, the original capital of Tenerife.

It is an old colonial city of grand mansions, plazas, churches, convents, museums and a cathedral.

It was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.

The layout of La Laguna was the concept of Governor Fernandez de Lugo following a trip to the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. He wished to create a modern Renaissance city, with wide royal streets running parallel to each other, criss-crossed by narrower streets forming a grid.

The relationships between many of the open spaces and the churches have a mathematical and mystical relationship. For example the alignment of the churches of Concepción and San Miguel and the Cathedral and the geometric centre located in the San Agustín Church.

What was unusual about the city, apart from its planned layout, was that it lacks a city wall, it is open to the surrounding countryside.

La Laguna formed the model for cities in Latin America, for example Old Havana in Cuba, Lima in Peru, Cartagena de Indias in Colombia and San Juan de Puerto Rico.

From Puerto de la Cruz, take 102, direct bus to Santa Cruz calling at Tenerife Norte and La Laguna.

La Laguna

March 9, 2016
Teatro Leal

Teatro Leal

La Laguna, the former capital of Tenerife, is a town I had never visited before.

Direct bus to Santa Cruz, with stops at Tenerife Norte, La Laguna and Santa Cruz.

Old colonial town, constructed in 1500, broad streets, impressive grand mansions.

From where the bus drops off, maybe 20 minutes walk into the centre. Or catch the tram.

I had three girls from Santiago de Compostella show me the way, two of who were students at the university, Universidad de La Laguna, studying pharmacy.

I arrived mid-afternoon, not many people around, shops starting to open.

I was not cold, but turned cold when I left.

One of my reasons for visiting, was a coffee shop El Café del Aguere in an old hotel, Hotel Aguere.

There is another coffee shop, La Cafína. I looked in, I guessed around 50 varieties of coffee beans, they said 47. I asked a few questions. Clueless on coffee. I walked out.

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