Cave of Chinguaro

Local nameSitio Histórico del Complejo Chinguaro
LocationGüímar, Spain

Cave-Shrine of Chinguaro is a Roman Catholic church and cave located in Güímar on Tenerife. It was the traditional palace of the Guanche King of the Menceyato de Güímar, Acaimo.

In this cave, the ancient Guanches worshiped the Virgin of Candelaria as the goddess Chaxiraxi of their traditional faith. This deity was worshiped in the Canary Islands until the Castillian conquest of the archipelago. The icon was later identified with the Virgin Mary and was moved by the Guanches themselves to the Cave of Achbinico in Candelaria. This cave was the first shrine devoted to the Virgin of Candelaria, and the first aboriginal Guanche shrine to contain a Christian idol in the Canary Islands. However, the Guanches at the time still generally adhered to their traditional religion.

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Coordinates 28°19'24.461" N -16°23'39.574" E

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