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Vegueta is the foundational quarter of Las Palmas, the capital city of Gran Canaria island, Spain. It was founded in 1478 as a small garrison on the southern shore of the Guiniguada river, next to three palm trees which gave name to the city.
On this exciting walking tour, I will lead you across the cobbled streets of Vegueta and we will revisit the main historic highlights that gave rise to the city of Las Palmas.
The tour will start on Santo Domingo Square, with its characteristic fountain reigning over the typical colonial space and home to the Santo Domingo church, fair example of the Baroque religious architecture of the island. Next stop will be the Holy Spirit Square, where we will have the opportunity to admire the rare fountain covered with a purposed-built stone canopy roof, unique in Europe. A few hundred yards down the cobbled street from there lays Santa Ana Square, location of the Cathedral of the Canaries and the Town Hall, a fine architectural compound which comprises buildings of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Colonial, Neoclassical and Art Nouveau styles. The Santa Ana Square was taken as a model for later squares built in America after the conquest. Following, we will wander across the old streets and finish our visit by the Columbus House, named after Cristopher Columbus, who stayed in this house before he went on to discover America.
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