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betancuria villa

Villa de Betancuria
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The Villa de Betancuria, a strategic place.

On a tour of the most historic buildings on the island, the Villa de Santa María de Betancuria, former capital of Fuerteventura, was founded in 1402 by the Norman conqueror Jean de Béthencourt, from whom it takes its name. Located for strategic reasons towards the center of the island, however it was razed several times by pirate attacks. It left the island capital in 1834, being constituted as an independent City Council in 1812.

From the urban point of view it presents a dispersed habitat, settled spontaneously and without responding to any previous layout. Among its main buildings are the temple of Santa María with its square and the houses of the main families of the population, which coexist with other examples of buildings of popular origin, in which some Gothic elements in stonework are preserved. Likewise, the nucleus is complemented by the old Franciscan convent of San Buenaventura, of which some walls and the structure of the church remain.
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