Founded in the early 15th century, Betancuria was the capital of Fuerteventura Island until 1834. The town has an important religious heritage and an impressive cathedral. The Catedral de Santa María de Betancuria was initially built in Norman-Gothic style, but was renovated in Baroque style in the 17th century. Step inside to admire the lovely sanctuary, especially the choir and baptistry. Also noteworthy are the Baroque reredos and Mudejar coffered ceiling. Other important religious buildings are the Hermitage of San Diego and the Franciscan Convent Church. For an in-depth view of the town’s spiritual art, visit the Museum of Religious Art. The residents of Betancuria are still devout Catholics and continue their ancient pilgrimage tradition. On the third Saturday in September, the Pilgrimage of Peña is held in honor of Nuestra Señora de la Peña (Our Lady of Peña), the patron saint of the island. The event is a lively display of the island’s folklore and religious customs.