Masonic Temple of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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Historic Masonic Temple of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Statues in the entrance of the Masonic Temple of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Historic Masonic Temple of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is a masonic temple located in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), on San Lucas street. The building was constructed for use by the Lodge Añaza between 1899 and 1902. It is considered one of the main Masonic temples in Spain, and the first in the Canary Islands.

It is considered the finest example of Masonic Temple in Spain.[1] Similarly was even greater in Spain Masonic Center before it was occupied by Franco's military.[2]

On August 8, 1895 saw the founding of the Masonic workshop twentieth century's most important in the Canary Islands, Añaza Lodge, which would consolidate rapidly, achieving canaria Masonry reorganize the first third of that century.

The building is set back with respect to the surrounding, containing a strong symbolism, mostly Egyptian-inspired.

The facade is divided into three sections, the central has two huge columns embedded) with plain shaft and palm-leaf capitals (palmiformes), supporting a triangular pediment bulky. In this eye there is a radiant ray, representing the Supreme Being, Great Architect of the Universe according to Masonic symbolism. Flanking each column are two sphinxes (four in total) lying on his stomach and covered with claft. They were made by the sculptor Compañ Zamorano Guzman (1878–1944). The main door is carved in wood with geometric patterns; about it, the lintel is decorated with palm leaves and a sun with wings of an eagle, symbol of Horus. The building stands on an estereóbato.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Masonería en Canarias. El Templo histórico de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  2. ^ El templo masónico, bien de interés cultural

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Coordinates: 28°28′08″N 16°15′10″W / 28.46889°N 16.25278°W / 28.46889; -16.25278