The best traditional architecture in Tenerife

1) Teatro Guimerá

Inaugurated in 1851, the beautiful Guimerá Theatre is the oldest theatre on the Canary Islands. It is named after writer, poet and dramaturg Angel Guimerá who was born in Santa Cruz. The building is in romantic classicist style, but its interior has been completely reformed. The sculpture of a face located in front of the theatre is by Polish artist Igor Mitoraj.

sculpture of a face at the Teatro Guimera in Tenerife

Plaza Isla de la Madera 2, Santa Cruz

+34 922 609 409

2) Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

This church, as well as being one of the oldest catholic temples within the religious architecture of the Canary Islands, is the most important and recognisable one of the capital. It stands out as the only church of the archipelago consisting of five naves and its imposing tower presides the old historic town (La Noria). Noteworthy are the Canarian balconies on its main façade.

Iglesia de nuestra Señora de la Concepción

Plaza de la Iglesia 2, Santa Cruz

+34 922 242 384

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3) Masonic Temple

Men sphinxes guard the temple and the Eye of Providence is to be seen in the upper fronton. These and many more masonic symbols can be contemplated at this fantastic neoclassical building, inaugurated in 1904 and declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 2007. Sadly in disuse, the building is waiting to be rehabilitated and converted into a Centre of Interpretation for Freemasonry.

front view of Masonic Temple

Calle de San Lucas 35, Santa Cruz

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