Teror, Gran Canaria
Teror is a charming little town in the north of Gran Canaria with some of the best examples of Gran Canaria's colonial-style mansions.
Teror is dominated by the 18th century Basilica de la Virgen del Pino (Madonna of the Pine) and the current church is the third to be built on this spot. In 1515 the Basilica de la Virgen del Pino was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
The main features of the large triple-nave interior of the Basilica at Teror are the vast Baroque altar, with the richly clothed, wooden carved figure of the Virgin, surrounded by votive gifts and symbols, and many religious statues created by Luján Pérez and five of the most significant Rococo paintings on the island of Gran Canaria.
According to legend, at Teror in 1481, a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared to some shepherds on the top of a pine tree, and since then Nuestra Señora del Pino (Our Lady of the Pine) has played an important role in the history and the everyday life of the people of Teror and Gran Canaria. After Pope Pius XII proclaimed her patron saint of the island of Gran Canaria, in 1914, the small town of Teror, with its sanctuary, became the religious capital of the island.
The Fiesta de la Virgen del Pino (Feast of Our Lady of the Pines) is celebrated on the 8th of September each year, and numerous pilgrims come from all over the island of Gran Canaria to Teror to pay reverant homage to their patron saint. This feast, is not only the biggest event in the region, it's also the most important religious festival on the island's calendar. The celebrations usually go on for a week. It's so important to Teror and the people of Gran Canaria that it is a national holiday, and most shops and all businesses are closed for the day.
The main square in Teror, Plaza de Nuestra Señora del Pino and the Street "Calle Real de la Plaza" are lined with splendid historic houses, some of them date from the 16th century, with lavishly carved wooden and stone balconies. Because of its architectural wealth, in 1979 the entire centre of Teror was declared a national monument.
Near to the Teror Basilica you will find the square, Plaza Doña Maria Teresa de Bolivar, which was named after the wife of Simón Bolívar, South America's hero in the fight for it´s independence, this is no coincidence, as many South American families have family roots in Gran Canaria and Simón Bolívar's great-grandfather was born in Teror. Teror is also home to the Casa Museo de los Patrones de la Virgen. It is a charming, and typically Canarian building set around a courtyard and furnished in a noble 17th-century style, displaying paintings, weapons, old photographs and antique furniture representing the lifestyle of the nobles of that time. You will find the museum located just to the right of the church.
Teror, is also famous for it's mineral water. Since the tap water on the island of Gran Canaria is undrinkable, mineral water is a necessity. Teror has a natural spring and just outside the village water is bottled for Gran Canaria and other Canary islands
As if all that is not enough reason for visiting Teror, many towns and villages have their own market and Teror is no exception. Market day in Teror is a Sunday morning and the Teror market is very busy. You will be able to purchase Chorizo (a soft and spicy pork sausage) and sweets hand made by the local nuns from the Cistercian order. Teror, is just one more, very good reason to visit Gran Canaria.
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