La Matanza de Acentejo
|La Matanza de Acentejo|
Municipal location in Tenerife
|Autonomous community||Canary Islands|
|Province||Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
|• Total||14.11 km2 (5.45 sq mi)|
|Elevation||425 m (1,394 ft)|
|• Density||600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
La Matanza de Acentejo is a town near the north coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. It is located 10 km east of Puerto de la Cruz, and about 20 km west of the island's capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Its name means "the Slaughter of Acentejo" in Spanish, and refers to a battle in 1494 lost by the Spanish.
The population is 8,471 (2009) and the area is 14.11 km². The elevation is 425 m. La Matanza is connected to the TF-5 motorway.
In historic times before the arrival of the Spaniards, Acentejo was part of the menceyato (kingdom) of Taoro. The first and the second battles of Acentejo took place in 1494. The Spanish under Alonso Fernández de Lugo suffered a terrible defeat at this first battle, at the place now called La Matanza ("The Slaughter"). It occurred in present-day Barranco de San Antonio, which the Guanches called Farfan. The second battle resulted in a victory for the Spaniards, in which the town of La Victoria de Acentejo was founded.
- Barrio Abajo
- Barrio Arriba
- Los Almendros
- San Antonio
Currently under construction is a scale replica of the interior of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (the place where according to Christian tradition, was taken the body of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion), the replica will be located in the plaza of El Salvador's municipality. In this room is to also place a replica of the Shroud of Turin (Italy).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to La Matanza de Acentejo.|
- "SUPERFICIE, PERÍMETRO Y ALTITUD DE LOS MUNICIPIOS DE CANARIAS." (in Spanish). Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC).
- "Población en Canarias. Tenerife. 1-1-2009." (in Spanish). Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC).
- La Matanza contará con una réplica del interior del Santo Sepulcro. Noticia del periódico El Día.
|Northwest: Atlantic Ocean||North: Atlantic Ocean and El Sauzal||Northeast: El Sauzal|
|West: Atlantic Ocean and La Victoria de Acentejo||La Matanza de Acentejo||East: Candelaria and El Rosario|
|Southwest: La Victoria de Acentejo||South: La Victoria de Acentejo and Candelaria||Southeast: Candelaria|