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Time Travel in San Bartolome

Tuesday February 7, 2012

Time Travel in San Bartolome

The town of San Bartolomé has just inaugurated a new route through its historic centre, with sign posts erected to highlight the many examples of colonial architecture it possesses. San Bartolomé is one of the oldest inhabited parts of Lanzarote, with evidence of a settlement on the site dating back to the 1300´s.

To ensure that visitors to the town don´t miss any of its historic buildings each one has now been sign posted with a white rectangular column bearing the name of the building. In total, there are 13 points of interest identified on the route through the historic centre.

The buildings featured on this new route include Casa Ajei, which takes its name from the town´s original denomination of Aldea de Ajei and is a good example of a Canarian manor house, which is now used as a small agricultural museum and cultural centre for local artists.

The windmill in the central plaza of the town, el Molino de Don José Maria Gil, is also featured on the route. Two private houses, the Casa de Don Frasco and the Casa de Don Esteban Cabrera are also amongst the number. As is the church and municipal theatre of San Bartolomé, the Plaza de Leon y Castillo, the Parque Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente and the Casa Cerdeña.

The house museum Casa Museo Etnográfico Tanit also features, as it is an excellent example of colonial architecture, with its beautiful small patio garden and interesting collection of agricultural artefacts in the museum. Just outside San Bartolomé is the Casa del Mayor Guerra, another impressive example of Canarian architecture and the Casa de Don Sebastian.

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