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View Finder | Tenerife Canary Islands, Spain

Coloured walls and ornate balconies with views of the blue waterfront stand proud in this 16th century town.

Bhaskar D.K.

Mint(Wall Street Journal India) – May 10, 2014


Windows to the world Tenerife is a Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of western Sahara. It is the largest of the Canary Islands, and is full of villages, old country houses, hamlets and thousand-year-old trees.

The Spanish empire colonized Tenerife in the 15th century and influenced the architecture, known as the Tenerife style, which encompasses Baroque and neoclassical elements. I saw this distinctive style in its unique homes, chalets, churches and buildings.

The traditional homes have thick walls painted with distinctive colours. Many of the buildings are constructed with heartwood from the pine trees of the island, a material used to create intricate balconies and interior patios. The fa├žades of these buildings are usually simple, and free of adornment.


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