Chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad
The Chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad (Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad) is in the interior of Fuerteventura, in the town of Tindaya, very close to the popular Tindaya Mountain in the La Oliva region.
It was constructed in the second half of the 18th century, without being architecturally pretentious. Its only purpose was to serve as a place of worship for this small inland town. The Chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad is small, humble, and elegant, a hidden treasure under a mountain considered sacred by the island’s pre-Hispanic population.
The church is dominated by the colour white, with dark wood on the sides, and a bell gable, also made from wood, that stands on the left wall and housing a small bell. Its main façade combines perfectly with its gabled roof of red tiles.
It can be accessed both through its side door and through the door on the main façade, both of which are framed in a beautiful semicircular arch. The hermitage is rectangular shaped, with a sacristy that links to the outer plaza. It is a completely flat single nave hermitage, where the main altar stands out because it is set on a small platform.
The 18th century altar has traditional Christian images, with Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Virgen del Carmen) and Our Lady of the Rosary (Virgen de Rosario) on the sides and the Virgen de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad presiding over it.