Major Guerra House

Raised at the end of the s. XVIII by the Colonel of Militias and Military Governor of the Island Francisco Guerra Clavijo y Perdomo, a character of great power in Lanzarote at the time, presents in its architecture the typical features of a stately mansion, such as the family coat of arms in the entrance.

It is a strategic construction that controls from its hill the views of Montaña Mina and Montaña Guaticea and especially the Port of Arrecife, under the control of the Colonel of Militias

Architecture

Its architecture shows Portuguese and Moorish influences in its chimney and in the coloration and ornamentation of the facades. The plant is quadrangular and the roofs have gabled roofs or slopes. The main entrance basket adorned with a coat of arms dedicated to his wife,  carved in white marble. It has the shape of a cordoned shell with a headpiece and ruff at the top, a couple of feathers on the sides and 4 saber bands in the center. 

To the right was the espulgadero (place where that certain visitors washed themselves before seeing Major Guerra)

To the left of the main entrance, the Office of Major Guerra is located. 

Inside it, its three bedrooms, including that of the last inhabitant: uncle Sebastián Martín Guerra, it is an austere room used as a daily dining room. It has a characteristic kitchen with hood and stone fireplace that communicates with the dining room. The main room, separated by a wooden arch with a curtain from Major Guerra's room (with a trapdoor that connects to the lower level, being a secret escape door to the outside, to the stables).

The entire Carpentry is made of Tea, Canarian pine wood, very heavy and hard, with a homogeneous structure, fine grain, and very durable. The main door has two folding leaves decorated with non-smooth panels and the rear ones are made up of a single folding leaf, formed by two large smooth panels. 

In the center, a large patio with pillars and wooden eaves. High cistern (now at ground level) that was surrounded by a small orchard. A large round balcony, with a carved stone arch in which there was a latticework that allowed one to see without being seen. 

The property has been recently rehabilitated, recovering important elements of the structure. </ p>

Museum

This local history museum has an interesting exhibition room on the history of the municipality of San Bartolomé. Likewise, in the Casa Mayor Guerra Museum we will have the opportunity to discover this magnificent 18th-century stately building.  Here you will find a typical Canarian building with a balcony patio, basement with a cistern and noble rooms that can be visited. The recreation of the time, with its bedroom, main hall, dining room and kitchen, is completed by an explanation on panels that describes the historical evolution of the municipality. Visits are allowed from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

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