To the North of Fuerteventura, in the municipality of La Oliva, we find one of the most representative buildings of the canarian architecture. It is La Casa de los Coroneles, an essential sample of the military buildings of the 17TH century.
Surrounded by a beautiful and barren landscape, in the purest majorero style, La Casa de los Coroneles has transmuted its use in an exhibition hall. The inhabitants of the area have asked the government to be the permanent headquarters of a historical and ethnographic museum of Fuerteventura.
Declared a Historic-artistic monument and Well of Cultural Interest, the complex of La Oliva, was the official seat of the coronelato, were lived the Lords and soldiers who guided the future of the Canary Island enclave.
Built with materials of the island itself, stresses the use of the stone from Tindaya and its structure, which follows the model of the typical Tenerife architecture that we see in the houses of La Orotava or San Cristóbal de la Laguna in its conception: Numerous balconies and wood windows, immense coffered ceilings, spacious courtyards and a large group of halls and rooms.
La Casa de los Coroneles is flanked, on the sides, by two crenellated towers that bring us back to the reality of a control of the island of Fuerteventura, which was also inherited and spent little more than one century, until the dawn of the 18th century.
The building of La Oliva remains open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday and the admission is completely free.
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