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San Cristóbal de La Laguna
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 16-18th century
Date of Inscription: 1999
Location: Europe, Spain, Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Description: The Canary Islands’s San Cristóbal de La Laguna consists of two hearts: the initial, unplanned Upper Town; and the Lower Town, the primary ideal 'city-territory' designed in line with philosophical principles. A number of fine 16th -18th century churches and public and private buildings grace the site’s wide streets and open spaces. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  San Cristóbal de La Laguna (La Laguna for short, Spanish for "The Lagoon") is a municipality of the northern part of the island of Tenerife in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife province, on the Canary Islands. It is in the northern part of the Tenerife island. The city is also a suburban area of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife area. The city was founded between 1496 and 1497 by Alonso Fernández de Lugo and was the capital of the island after the conclusion of the conquest of the islands. The coastal area was later raided by pirates. The University of La Laguna was founded in 1701. A declining population and economy in the 18th century resulted in the moving of the capital to Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1723. Santa Cruz has since been the capital of the island of Tenerife. It was declared a World Heritage Site on December 2, 1999 and several streets of historical significance have been closed off to automobile traffic. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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