Basílica de la Virgen del Pino

Church in Teror

Dominating the square is this neoclassical 18th-century church, home to Gran Canaria’s patron saint. According to legend, the Virgin was spied atop a pine tree in the nearby forest in the 15th century, which turned Teror into a quasi-Fatima pilgrimage site. The church interior, a lavishly gilt-laden affair, sees the enthroned Virgin illuminated in her place of honour at the heart of a lavishly ornate altarpiece, surrounded by angels.

Don't miss the 'treasure room', accessed from the rear of the church. Here you can get a closer view of the Virgin and see the armfuls of weird items gifted by the devout. There's also a room displaying the outfits she's worn through the ages – a new dress gets premiered each year during the fiesta held in her honour.

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