The Church of San Ginés (Church of Saint Genesius) is in Arrecife, Lanzarote’s capital, and very close to Charco de San Ginés, which makes it one of the most popular spots in the city.
Its construction began in the late 16th Century. At this time, the project consisted of a small hermitage which sought to bless Arrecife with a catholic church. The current form, and its designation as a church, was achieved after several later renovations.
It honours San Ginés (Saint Genesius), the Patron Saint of Arrecife who gives its name to the church. Every year on 25th August a procession is celebrated through the city’s streets.
The Church is a three-nave construction with a gabled roof, including a Evangelical and Episcopal chamber which both originate from the 19th Century. Its main tower was also built in the mid-19th Century, taking inspiration from the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Cruz (Tenerife).
The church altar is presided over by the images of San Ginés and the Virgen del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary), as well as a representation of Jesus Christ, as is the tradition in every Catholic church. The rest of the interior of the Church is embellished with stained glass windows representing different Saints, in addition to various Catholic paintings and pieces of volcanic rock to give it an island feel.