Social events of Santa Cruz

  • 1494

    Arrival of Alonso Fernández de Lugo

    Arrival of Alonso Fernández de Lugo
    On May 3, 1494, Alonso Fernández de Lugo arrived in Tenerife to begin the conquest of the island, planting a cross where Santa Cruz de Tenerife is today.
  • 1582

    Black Death

    Black Death
    The Black Death caused the population of the city to go from 750 inhabitants to 250.
  • Transfer of the Captaincy General

    The transfer and settlement of the commander general Lorenzo de Villavicencio, head of the Captaincy General.
  • Battle of Santa Cruz

    The Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1797 was a battle initiated by the admiral of the British Navy, Horacio Nelson, against the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to subject the Canary archipelago to the mandate of the British Crown. This attempt by the British to conquer the island was thwarted by the city's defense forces, the Canary Militias, under the command of General Antonio Gutiérrez de Otero.
  • Flag

    The municipal flag was granted to the city by Royal Decree on August 28, 1803, as was the coat of arms.
  • Title of King Charles IV

    In 1803, King Charles IV granted the port of Santa Cruz the title of "already in and on itself" of "exempt villa", with the right to establish its own town hall, with the denomination of "Very Loyal, Noble, Undefeated and Very Beneficial City, Port and Plaza de Santa Cruz de Santiago de Tenerife".
  • Shield

    The coat of arms of Santa Cruz de Tenerife was granted by King Charles IV by Royal Decree of August 28, 1803.
  • Capital of Tenerife

    In 1833, Santa Cruz is designated as the capital of the only province that the Canary Islands were going to form, so La Laguna ceases to be the capital.
  • City Title

    In 1859 it received the title of "city" by Royal Order of October 10.
  • Title of very beneficial

    The Royal Decree gives the city the title of very beneficial, for the behavior of its neighbors during the cholera epidemic.
  • Division into two Provinces

    Division into two Provinces
    During the dictatorship of General Miguel Primo de Rivera, the archipelago was divided into two provinces, thus solving the rivalry between the two largest cities of the islands: Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
  • I International Exhibition of Street Sculpture

    The First International Street Sculpture Exhibition was a cultural event that took place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1974. It was one of the best exhibitions of abstract art, made up of large-format works and remarkable visual and aesthetic power.
  • The Towers of Santa Cruz

    The Towers of Santa Cruz
    Las Torres de Santa Cruz is a residential complex composed of two twin towers located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. They reach 120 meters in height, it is the tallest skyscraper in the Canary Islands, and in addition, they were between 2004 and 2010 the tallest residential building in Spain. The Torres de Santa Cruz are also the tallest twin towers in Spain, just ahead of the Kio Towers in Madrid.