La Casa de los Coroneles, La Oliva

Casa de los Coroneles

Casa de los Coroneles

Date

26 / 28 March 2013
Location

La Oliva, Fuerteventura

28.606745°N, 13.925438°W

Information

The Casa de los Coroneles (The Colonels’ House) is an 18th-century fortified mansion house in La Oliva that was the residence of the military commanders of the island of Fuerteventura. The house has two storeys and an internal courtyard is surrounded by a gallery resting on wooden supports. The Colonel and his family occupied the upper level, which also housed a chapel, while located on the ground floor were the coach house, grain stores and other stores.

The Cabrera Bethéncourt family took control of Fuerteventura in 1702 and the colonelcy passed down the generations of the family. The last Colonel of the island, Cristobal Manrique de Lara Cabrera, fell from power in 1856. Construction of the mansion was started by Ginés de Cabrera Béthencourt (1650-1722) and completed by his grandson, the fifth Colonel Agustín Cabrera Béthencourt Dumpiérrez (1743-1828).

The Canary Government acquired the house, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, in 1994. Following its restoration, it was opened in 2006 as a multi-purpose cultural centre hosting events and exhibitions.

Casa de los Coroneles, looking towards Montaña del Frontón

Casa de los Coroneles, looking towards Montaña del Frontón

Casa de los Coroneles

Casa de los Coroneles

Casa de los Coroneles

Casa de los Coroneles

Casa de los Coroneles and Montaña del Frontón

Casa de los Coroneles and Montaña del Frontón

Casa de los Coroneles

Casa de los Coroneles

Montaña del Frontón

Montaña del Frontón

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