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A front door at San Cristóbal de la Laguna
A front door at San Cristóbal de la Laguna
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San Cristóbal de la Laguna is a city in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, that has been recognised as a World Heritage Site. The city comprises two sections, the earlier, unplanned "Upper Town" the the later, ideal, "Lower Town".

San Cristóbal de la Laguna is located on the northern part of the island of Tenerife. It was founded around 1496-97 by Alonso Fernández de Lugo, and served as the capital of the Canary Islands until 1723, when it was overtaken in terms of population and economy, resulting in the relocation of the capital there.

Today San Cristóbal de la Laguna has several tourist attractions, among them the Cathedral of La Laguna, the Iglesia de la Concepción, the Old City, the Real Santuario del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna, and the University of La Laguna.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

San Cristóbal de la Laguna was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 23rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 29 November - 4 December, 1999.

Location: N28 28 40.4 W16 18 42.4 in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.
Inscription Year: 1999
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV
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