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The first church built by the Spanish conquerors of the Canary Islands, a must-see notable for its bells and neo-Moorish details

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The Church of the Saviour

The bells, the bells!

Along with the city hall, the Iglesia del Salvador is considered the main architectural icon of La Palma. It, too, is prominently located on downtown's Plaza de España, and was the first church built by the Spanish invaders around the end of the 15th century (and had to be rebuilt in 1553 after being torched by famous French pirate "Pata de Palo" ("peg leg"). The church's whitewashed façade is marked by an elegant Renaissance stone portal; in the 17th century a tall Plateresque tower was added including four bells (the Great Bell or Bell of Fire, the Green Bell, the New Bell, and "Goat's Leg"). Inside you'll find three naves and five chapels, wooden ceilings of Mudéjar style (the neo-Moorish style of Muslim converts to Christianity after the Reconquest of Spain completed in 1492), and a grand neoclassical altarpiece which includes such interesting images as the "Christ of the Mulattos".



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