Iglesia Catedral de Santa Maria de Betancuria

Iglesia Catedral de Santa Maria de Betancuria

Iglesia Catedral de Santa Maria de Betancuria
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David D
Devon, UK25,259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Friday 13th November and we visited the historic and old capital of Fuerteventura. No visit to the Town Betancuria is complete without a visit to the beautiful old church.

From the moment we entered the church we were captivated. Walking along the old stone floor, which led us to the magnificent main altar screen (reredos) at the rear of the Church. It reaches high up to the wooden beamed ceiling, it is ornately carved, painted gold and red, adorned with religious images and statues with a large crucifixion image at the top, stunning.

To the left of the main altar is another altar which is equally as amazing.

Make sure to visit the sacristy on the left hand side of the altar. Where old vestments, statues and regalia are on display. The ornate ceiling, with its red and gold paint, is  astoundingly beautiful, has to be seen. The ceiling tops the walls that have colourful religious images painted on them.

There are a number of statues dotted around the Church. Towards the rear of the Church take a look up at intricate woodwork in the ceiling.

There is an entrance fee of €1.50 per person to the enter the Church. Photography is permitted but no flash.

The Church does need a bit of restoration work in places, this does not detract from how beautiful it is here.

In July 2019 the Church was declared to be an Asset of Cultural Interest by the government of the Canary Islands.
Written November 19, 2020
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philtraveller
Bristol, UK303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Definitely worth a visit if you have a hire car. (Ps: roads in Fuerta narrow but very smooth tarmac & easy drive).

This village has artisan shops and a few cafes. A small river in the valley so greenery you dont normally see on the island.

Loos are $1 coin

Church is $2 pp. it’s incredible inside - 1600s wooden carving, lifelike statues, painted ceilings.
Well worth a look.

If you go here - be sure to visit the viewpoint on hillside on way (Mirador de Morro Velosa… tho the small building & toilets were closed)
& the Mirador de Guise y Ayose (two large statues).

On the way Antigua village has a few shops & nice bakery.
Written October 20, 2023
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Simon T
Aberdeen, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Business
Away from the tourist areas, there's a completely different Fuerteventura, and Betancuria (originally the administrative capital not just for the island but for the whole of the Canaries) is its outstanding treasure. It might seem a surprising choice for a main settlement, well away from the coast (and even now only reachable by twisting mountain roads, whose excellent viewpoints make them an attraction in themselves) but this was done to protect it from pirates: in the days before motor transport, reaching it must have been quite a slog. Even so, the original settlement was indeed attacked and destroyed by pirates in 1593, the new cathedral being eventually completed almost a century later

Betancuria sits in a valley which has a different geological profile to the rest of the island, making it more fertile. It's tiny - the smallest municipality in the whole of the Canaries - about the size of a small British village, so it can be easily explored on foot in a relatively short time. It's very picturesque, with a handful of shops and cafes as well as a few museums, but the one place not to be missed is this cathedral: Spanish colonial in style and possessing a great sense of tranquility. There's some superb and very ornate carving: not to be missed, and well worth the one Euro entry fee (but please be aware that its opening times can be complicated - the standard practice seems to be open and closed for alternate half-hour periods).
Written December 19, 2014
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crafter01
England19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
Travelling through stunning mountain scenery we arrived at Betancuria, situated in a green valley with stunning palm trees and attractive canarian houses with its cathedral. 0ver the years (the last 20yrs) there are some changes in this village. There are now cafe's and gift shops and a chargeable toilet (1 euro each) and a charge of 1.50 euro to visit the cathedral. A lady awaits just within the walls to collect the money. There is also a 3d cinema with its coffee shop, once again chargeable. This is the most attractive village on the island and well worth a visit. There are a few steep hills to climb so disabled people need to be aware.
Written January 23, 2015
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Sami
Hove, UK26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I visited a stunning village with a beautiful church. I truly enjoyed admiring the artwork inside, and the live music in the main square added a delightful atmosphere to the area.
Written October 10, 2023
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milesyb0y76
Belfast, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Stunning building. Oh so quiet inside, really something special, worth the 1.50 euro entrance fee. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate a quality building like that
Written August 14, 2019
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Bemewsed2014
Eye, UK136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
Beautiful church with some interesting artefacts only let down by the lack of explanation in any other languages. Would have liked to know more and as photography was not allowed in some areas we didn't like to have phones out to google translate.
Written April 9, 2018
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RMM123
London, UK273 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Went to the village because of the travel guides but, in contrast to the rest of the island, it is out to take your money at every opportunity for,very little return. You even had to pay one euro to use the toilet and a fierce attendant was hovering at the door. Europe's most expensive WC (unless you know better)! Quickly left and moved onto the wonderful Mirador de Morro Velosa
Written September 15, 2015
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Ray G
Sheffield, UK168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
Betancuria was the former capital of the island until 1834 and the church had cathedral status until 1620. The cathedral is quite attractive and there are many interesting statues, pictures etc inside. The picture to the left of the entrance and at the back of the church is particularly interesting and should be looked at carefully. The altar is attractive and the sacristry should not be omitted. Note the floor under which ordinary people were buried.
Written March 15, 2015
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MarpleTraveller
Marple, UK1,454 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
This is billed as a museum of sacred art but it is really a little village church with a few objects that have no interpretation. Unless you are really into catholic iconography this may not be the place for you.
Written March 15, 2015
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