Santa Ana Cathedral

At the heart of the Vegueta neighbourhood is the imposing Santa Ana Cathedral, which stands between twin towers. It was built during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs following the conquest of Gran Canaria in 1478 and it was the first church in the whole of the Canary Islands.



Construction began in 1500 but was not completed for another four centuries and, over the years, a whole succession of architects and artists were involved in the project to build it. That’s why you’ll find three basic architectural styles in the cathedral: Gothic, Renaissance and Neoclassical.

Some of the works of art in the cathedral chapels are of great interest. They include pieces by the famous religious sculptor José Luján Pérez.

On the southern side of the cathedral is the orange tree courtyard (Patio de los Naranjos), which leads to the Diocesan museum of sacred art (Museo Diocesano de arte sacro) that houses many valuable religious artefacts such as paintings by Flemish masters and an impressive collection of Spanish sculptures compiled over four centuries.

The cathedral is open to the public from Mondays to Fridays, 10 am to 4.30 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 1.30 pm.

Just a few steps away from Plaza de Santa Ana, behind the cathedral, stands one of the most beautiful buildings in Las Palmas, the House of Columbus Casa de Colón, a must-see for all visitors.

Another interesting feature worth taking a look at are the cast iron dogs that guard the cathedral. It’s worth mentioning that visitors may be disconcerted by the colour of the cathedral, but like many other buildings in the Canary Islands, this one owes its colour to the volcanic stone from which it’s built.

You can find somewhere to park in the Saba public car park at number 53 Calle León y Castillo, open 24 hours a day. It has parking spaces for disabled persons and constant surveillance.