San Antonio Abad Parish Church

San Antonio Abad church,located at the historic city center in Arona was declared by the city council as monument of cultural interest.

By a title deed signed in the village of Vilaflor (1625) we know that Antón Domíngez aka "El Viejo", was the owner almost all the lands,starting in Los Cristianos until the area known as Los Quemados. His son settles down in "Casitas de Altavista" and because of the distance from there to the old city center, he arranged the construction of San Antonio Abad's chapel, which would play a fundamental role as a mainstay within the current Arona.

The parish church of San Antonio Abad, with its present structure, it was built at the end of 18th century and rebuilt in the 20th century replacing the old chapel.

This is a basilical base church (33,11 m x 7,60m).It has a chapel, built in the 20th century at the right side of the building with a font for baptism ceremonies.

Its roof, two sloping surfaces divided into three sections, is covered with Arab tile while the interior is made of wood and shows octogonal shape right above the presbytery. The unique nave culminates with a polychromed wood altarpiece which spreads up the whole wall.

Church of simple silhouette outside but where piece of masonry is found at the upper part of the building, a beautiful façade which you get access through steps.We highlight the door with a half point stonework arch, thin columns of prominent bases and capitals that work as sills. Half point archs are used either way in the choir window with a lattice as a balcony or in the bell tower. The façade is crowned by a steeple made of stone from where the bells hang.

Art treasures are exhibited inside such as the altarpiece of the high altar which was moved in 1840 from the Franciscan convent in Adeje, an original image of San Antonio Abad dated back to final 16th century beginning of 17th century; Virgin of Concepción (18th century), Virgin of Rosario (17th century), Virgin of Dolores which was brought to church in 1806 from Las Claras convent located in La Orotava; "Humildad y paciencia del Redentor" and "La Gloria" are paintings from the 18th century.

A special mention deserves the Christ of La Salud, made by González de Ocampo in La Orotava between 1682 and 1691.It's 1'30m tall and arrived Arona in 1806, along with a 'Dolorosa'. The carving was an acquisition that came from the convent of Clarisas nuns in San José de La Orotava in order to enrich a poor sculptural heritage that Arona had at that time. It is an excellent polichromed piece of anatomic study, with a great sense of realism: trails of blood, contusions and skin abrasions...all them features recognizable of Baroque period.