Iglesia de San Andrés (Tenerife)
History and museums
The Iglesia de San Andrés Apóstol (St. Andrew the Apostle Church) is a Catholic church and parish of the village of San Andrés (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain). It is one of the oldest churches in the Canary Islands which was built between 1505 and 1510 (shortly after the conquest of the Canary Islands).
Between 1505-1510, Don Lope de Salazar built a chapel, where the present church is located, and placed in it two images: St. Andrew the Apostle and Saint Lucy. The church was dedicated to St. Andrew the Apostle. It is known that in 1520 the chapel was named "Nuestra Señora de Salazar". It is also known that in 1619 there was a baptism in the church.
The modern St. Andrew's Church was built on a structure of an earlier period. Found in the church an ancient wooden sculpture depicting St. Andrew the Apostle, whose feast is celebrated on November 30 and is the patron saint of the locality. Also found in the church a statue of Christ on the altar, made of orange wood in 1882. The church has many other religious images. Another feature of the church is the altar for the souls in purgatory.
In the tower are two old bells, one of them (the smallest) is said to have belonged to the fleet of Horatio Nelson that tried unsuccessfully to invade the island on July 25, 1797.