Bloody Alley: A Tale
Ed. Note: This set of photos comes with a tale. Here's what the plaque tells us:
The alley is located between Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church and the Marquis de Herrera Palace, on top of the old ravine where water used to flow from Valle de Miraflores to Gran Mareta.
It was given its bloody name due to the slaughter of local residents perpetrated by Calafat, a Berber pirate, in 1569.
It is said that blood trickled down the alley when Don Agustin de Herrera, marquis of Lanzarote, and his men defeated and annihilated 170 pirates in the same place. Legend has it that on the night of September 7th 1569, a Franciscan monk sighted the invasion of the pirates from a neighbouring convent's church tower, and as he rang the alarms bells to alert the sleeping village, an inevitable arrow shot took his life.
A different colour brick was placed on a wall in name of this tragic event.