Chapel of Our Lady of Grace

It is a building of remarkable architectural value and historical importance, located on a natural promontory where, according to the sources of the Conquest, the camp of Alonso Fernandez de Lugo was established during the second entry to the island, in the dates prior to the battle of La Laguna. The religious building would be erected later as a thanksgiving for the success of the Castilian weapons.

The temple has a rectangular plan, although the perimeter of the head is currently integrated into more recent buildings that prevent their appreciation. Open on the southern façade, the entrance door is framed by a very classicist semicircular arch made of stone, with decorations of carved wood on the jambs, along with other mouldings that form the thread of the arch. The door is made of antique wood, with carved panels, presenting a typical aspect of late baroque and is preceded by a grandstand with three steps. On the same wall canvas there is a window with a similar morphology to the masonry, with new glass protected by a lattice of iron bars, which results in a linteled opening towards the interior. This lateral façade is crossed lengthwise by a masonry support, and houses a wooden cross with a base. At the foot of the chapel there are signs of an old doorway of similar type, now walled up.

The Arabic tile roof, gabled in the nave and hipped above the chapel, has a belfry of some development at its southwest corner, characterized by its square base, made of stone and topped by a body with four semicircular openings that house the bells, ending the set with perillones and a small dome with a weather vane.

In the interior, with individual presbytery by means of a robust toral arch of the XVII century, in stonework, and by a single-step grandstand, the spacious rectangular nave is covered by a coffered ceiling of pair and knuckle of tea, with three double and three single braces, which rest on paired and simple corbels. The former are decorated with Mudejar-style ribbons and crosses. Above the corbels, the coffered ceiling is limited by a carved wooden tube.

The toral arch has a moulding in its centre formed by two wide grooves, resting on two half-columns attached to the wall, of Tuscan order and on a quadrangular base.

The door of the old sacristy is made up of modern half-point arches made of cement, while in front of it a linteled door leads to the current sacristy. The flat headboard houses an interesting baroque altarpiece in which the Flemish image of Our Lady of Grace, the Archangel Saint Gabriel and Saint Catherine stand out.

Attached to the southern wall is the sacristy building, articulated on two floors and built in the 1930s. Encompassing the chapel, the large volumes of the convent of the Oblates overflow the body of the temple through its northern façade, while, towards the south, another of the wings makes it difficult to perceive it clearly. At the western end is the old square of the chapel.

Surrounding the complex is a crenellated wall, on the outside of which are traces of the old cobbled path that runs parallel to the current road.

The property, including the associated movable property and its surroundings, was declared a Property of Cultural Interest, with the category of monument, on 9 May 2006.

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