Teror is a place of pilgrimage for all the residents of Gran Canaria, as the municipality holds in its Basilica the statue of the Virgen del Pino, Patron of the Diocese of the Canary Islands. Therefore, a visit to Teror means a visit to the Basilica. The Basilica is located in the town square Plaza del Pino, and construction began on the building in 1767, although it later had to be restored on several occasions, notably in 1968 and 1969. The current building, with a two-sided roof, has three naves with fourteen round arches held up by columns and pilasters. There are three entrances on the façade, and two entrances on the sides, with stained glass windows showing the Mysteries of the Rosary.
Behind the High Altar is the niche of Nuestra Señora del Pino, whose statue is often visited by the parishioners. Other highlights include the altarpieces on display in the Basilica and the clock, donated by Bishop Codina.
La Plaza de Teror is the nerve centre of the town. From here it is possible to view the typical balconies of the Canary Islands architecture that adorn a large part of the municipality. This large square, as well as being the place of entry to the Basilica, is a central part of the historic centre of the municipality.
La Alameda is another of the most-visited places within the historic centre of the town. It was originally an esplanade located in front of the Episcopal Palace, dating from 1793. This palace was the residence of the prelates of the diocese.
Near the Basilica is the Plaza Teresa de Bolívar, reformed during the 1950s, where there is a bust of the liberator Simón Bolívar.
Also linked with the name of Teror is the Cistercian Monastery. It dates back to 1882, when work on the monastery was begun under the impetus of the parish priest Judas Antonio Dávila. Inside the monastery the statues of San Benito and San Ildefonso, from the former convent of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, are still conserved. In 1980 the community of cloistered nuns celebrated the first centenary of the monastery in the town, an example of the way in which their lives are directly related to the life of the residents of Teror.
For visitors who wish to discover the religious buildings of Teror, other highlights include the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús), in Los Arbejales; the Chapel Ermita de la Peña, in el Palmar; la Ermita de San Isidro, in the place of the same name, and the Dominican Convent, at the foot of the mountain Pico de Osorio.
The Fuente Agria is one of the most emblematic places of Teror, and is also one of the main sources of income for the Town Hall. It consists of three springs with the names of el Principal, del Agua Agria and del Molino de en medio.
If visitors wish to see the natural areas of Teror they should know that the municipality has several protected areas: Pino Santo, of great scenic beauty and ecological value, the Natural Park of Doramas, where the ravines of Azuaje and Moya are located; la Finca de Osorio, with the Osorio Nature Education Centre (Aula de la Naturaleza); la Caldera de Pino Santo, a volcanic crater with a diameter of half a kilometre; El Palmar or El Parque de Sintes, a small wooded area with a wide range of fauna.
Teror is one of the best municipalities for buying typical items of Canary Islands crafts. Added to this is the excellent gastronomy provided by the town and which, together with the crafts, can be found at the Market. Every Sunday from 8.00 am until 3.00 pm the Basilica of Teror is the centre of a large market where visitors can find all kinds of products from the land, confectionary, clothes or craft products of the municipality.
The most characteristic craft objects of Teror are basketwork and brass work, woodcarving, open-work embroidery, macramé, needlework, clay and reed work, textiles and crochet. All of these products, as well as being on display in the municipal market, can be bought at the different craft workshops, most of which are located in the historic centre. It is also posible to see craft work in several shops specialising in this sector.
Teror is one of the municipalities in which traditional Canary Islands food still has an important place. The restaurants of Teror offer visitors the most popular Canary Islands dishes: ropa vieja (chickpeas with meat) and marinaded meat are some of the specialities. There are also the popular open sandwiches of thinly sliced fried meat.
Something really traditional from Teror are the chorizos (sausages or salami) and sweet blood sausage, a gastronomic speciality that is consumed by many residents of Gran Canaria these days. There are processed meats for spreading, with spicy ingredients which are a delight to the palate.
It is also a good idea to buy local confectionary in Teror. The cakes and biscuits of the Cistercian nuns are well known: rosquillas, pastries and fritters are some of their specialities.
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