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Teror Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 32 photos

The pine city

In Teror, a charming little town with some of the best examples of colonial-style mansions, life has always been dominated by the 18th century Basilica de la Virgen del Pino (Madonna of the Pine Tree) - the third church on this spot - which in 1515 was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The main features of the large triple-nave interior of the Basilica are the vast Baroque altar with the richly clothed, wooden carved figure of the Virgin, surrounded by votive gifts and symbols, many religious statues created by Luján Pérez and five of the most significant Rococo paintings on the island.

The Pope and the Saint

The legend has it that in 1481 a vision of the Virgin Mary had appeared to some shepherds on the top of a pine tree and since then Nuestra Señora del Pino (Our Lady of the Pines) played an important role in the history and the everyday life of the people of Gran Canaria. When in 1914 the Pope Pius XII proclaimed her patron saint of the island, the small town of Teror, with its sanctuary, became the religious capital of the island.

Every year, on the 8th of September, the Fiesta de la Virgen del Pino (Feast of Our Lady of the Pines) is celebrated and numerous pilgrims from all over the island come to Teror to pay reverence to the saint. This feast is not only the biggest event in the region – it is also the most important religious festival on the island’s calendar and the celebrations usually go on for one week.

Main square

The main square Plaza de Nuestra Señora del Pino and the Calle Real de la Plaza Street are lined with splendid historic houses, some of them date from the 16th century, with lavishly carved wooden and stone balconies. Because of its architectural wealth, in 1979 the entire centre of Teror was declared national monument.

Nearby the Basilica you will find the square Plaza Doña Maria Teresa de Bolivar, which was named after the wife of Simón Bolívar – South America’s hero in the fight for independence – whose great-grandfather was born in Teror. To the right of the church is the Casa Museo de los Patrones de la Virgen, a charming building set around a courtyard and furnished in a noble 17th-century style, displaying paintings, weapons, old photographs and antique furniture representing the lifestyle of the nobles of that time.

  • Last visit to Teror: Aug 2008
  • Intro Written Aug 30, 2008
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