VEGUETA, HISTORICAL CENTER OF LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Without a doubt, we are passionate about our neighborhood and for this reason we cannot refrain from inviting every guest to stroll through it. Vegueta is not only relevant for its aesthetics of cobbled alleys and noble houses, but also for having witnessed transcendental episodes in the city's history. Discovering where the conquest of the Canary Islands began or following in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, will be some of the many recommendations that we will give you. Awaken your most adventurous spirit on this trip and start writing your own chronicle.
St. Anne's Cathedral
Giving representation to different architectural styles (Gothic, Renaissance and Neoclassical) due to the delay and therefore duration of his work for centuries, this monumental building presides over the architectural ensemble that embraces one of the most important squares on the island and which takes the name of the patron saint of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Ana. Did you know that its huge towers at the end of the 15th century served as a guide for ships that approached the city's coastline?
Due to their strategic location, the Canary Islands have always been a mandatory stop for merchants, explorers, pirates and adventurers. The marine currents as well as the trade winds facilitate navigation towards the West. Everyone knows that Christopher Columbus undertook the expedition in search of a new route to the East Indies in 1492, but what if we told you that the reason he landed on the shores of Gran Canaria was to repair the rudder of one of their ships?
Since its founding in 1844, it has played an important role in the literary, cultural and scientific development of the city. This beautiful and harmonious building of modernist architecture and with neoclassical elements, has welcomed great figures of science and the arts such as Ramón y Cajal, the Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, the writer Miguel Unamuno or the lyricist Enrico Caruso, among others. Did you know that projects as transcendental as the one that decided the birth of the University of Las Palmas were conceived in the Cabinet?