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Basílica of Candelaria (Candelaria, Tenerife).

The Royal Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria[1] (in Spanish; Basílica y Real Santuario Mariano de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria or simply Basílica de la Candelaria) is a catholic basilica, the first Marian shrine of the Canary Islands,[2] located in the municipality and city of Candelaria on the island of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). It is located 20 miles south of the island's capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Every 14 and 15 August this basilica welcomes thousands of pilgrims who come to Villa Mariana, to be with the Virgin of Candelaria (Patron of the Canary Islands)[3] the day of her festival. Also, every February 2, many pilgrims came to the basilica to celebrate the liturgical feast of Candlemas. The Basilica de la Candelaria is the category of cultural interest, declared as such by the Gobierno de Canarias. The basilica was designed by architect José Enrique Marrero Regalado.[4]

Another feature of the basilica are the mural paintings that are mostly found on the altar. These paintings usually represent angels and other canarian saints who were devotees of the Virgin of Candelaria. Above the altar is where the image of the Virgin. The basilica is built over an ancient temple where he was worshiping the Virgin. The place is a sacred place for Catholics (especially for Catholics in the Canary Islands) from the XV century.

In 1596, King Philip III was declared protector of the Virgin of Candelaria. The Spanish monarch after ascending the throne, gave the title "Royal" to the Sanctuary of the Candelaria. Therefore, it is also the first sanctuary in the Canary Islands to receive that title.[5] The Basilica de Candelaria is a building of considerable size with capacity for 5.000 people. So it is one of the largest churches in Spain. Construction began in 1949 and was completed in 1959.[6]




  1. ^ Medio siglo de fervor en Candelaria - in Spanish
  2. ^ Artículo periodístico de El Día - in Spanish
  3. ^ Virgen de Candelaria, Patrona de Canarias - in Spanish
  4. ^ Basilica de Candelaria - Wikipedia Spanish Versión
  5. ^ Medio siglo de fervor en Candelaria (Historia del Santuario - in Spanish)
  6. ^ Página oficial de los Dominicos de la Basílica de Candelaria - in Spanish

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