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Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (Plaza de San Juan, Telde) — the oldest church in the city of Telde (20 minutes, or 20 km south of Las Palmas), the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Telde is also said to be its spiritual center. The church was founded as far back as 1483, originally erected by the Garcia del Castillo family in a square that bears the same name as the church.

 

The gateway to the church is part of the original structure, a rare example of Seville-Portuguese-Gothic architecture. The more recently constructed towers of Iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Telde are also noteworthy as a fine example of Gothic construction from the early 20th century. However, the real treasures of this church are located inside – including a terrific statue of Christ adorning the main altar, which was made by Tarasco Mexican Indians from corn dough and shipped here back in 1550; a Flemmish Gothic altar, dated even older at around 1515, and a triptych of the Virgin Mary depicting five religious scenes. Originally from Flanders, this is also thought to date back to the 16th century.