Montaña Bermeja, 35215 Telde.
Near Telde, south of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canarias.
GC-1 exit Ojos de Garza, GC-140 towards Ojos de Garza, turn left on GC-100 (between Telde and Ingenii), turn left into the small village Cuatro Puertas, follow the road to the end with the parking lot. 5 minutes walk.
|Classification:||Cave Church Cave House|
|Guided tours:||self guided|
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Cueva de Cuatro Puertas (Cave of Four Doors), or simply Cuatro Puertas, located on Montaña Bermeja was a sacred place for the Guanche people, the native inhabitants of Gran Canaria. On the top of the hill is an almogren, a place were priest celebrated rituals and did offerings to attract the favours of the gods. The cave Cueva de Cuatro Puertas has its name from the characteristic four cave entrances. It consists only of a single large room. The vast esplanade in front of the cave could have been the place where the attendants to the celebrations met. The view from this place is rather impressive.
On the southern side of the mountain, is a group of artificial caves named Cueva de los Pilares (Cave of the Pillars). The numerous caves along the cliff have small chambers, some with bed-like protrucions. They were probably the dwellings of the people of this area. In the last centuries they were used as sheep stable.
More caves can be found on the eastern slope of the hill, called Cueva De Los Papeles (Paper Cave).
According to the transcript of the conquest of the island, there were several holy places of the Canarian people. The three most important were Tirma, Amagro, and Umiaga. On top of each of these mountains was a sanctuary and people that were persecuted for a crime could find refuge at this places.
|Cueva de Cuatro Puertas Gallery|