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Tacoronte: Church of San Augustín in 360°
The church and ex-convent of San Agustín in Tacoronte is a typical example of the Canarian baroque architecture. These churches were always built of black stones and their exteriors are adorned with beautiful stone facades. Inside you can marvel about the richly decorated Mudejar ceilings.
1. What to see
The beautiful stone facade of the church has two gargoyles resembling fantastic dragons. You can find the coat of arms of the Portuguese Pereyra de Castro, the former patron of the church above the entrance. The statue of Christ displayed in the altarpiece was brought to the island by Tomás Pereyra de Castro y Ayala. It is the second most venerated statue of Christ in the Canary Islands after the Holy Christ of La Laguna (also located on the island if Tenerife). This altar and the tabernacle are excellent works of canarian Juan Dominguez from the second half of the 18th century. The former convent is to be found next to the church.
2. When to see
Opening hours: local churches on Tenerife don't have fixed opening times, in fact they are usually closed during daytime, so you have to be lucky to get inside. This church is definitely open all day during the fiesta of Tacoronte which is held at the end of September each year.
4. How to get there
4.1. By plane
The international airport of Tenerife, Reina Sofia lies 20km east of Playa de las Americas in South Tenerife. Since Tacoronte is located at North Tenerife, you will definitely need a car.
4.2. By car
Simply follow the highway to Tacoronte and drive to the city center.
5. Where to stay
There are plenty of hotels at Los Christianos and Playa de las Americas.