It was a big surprise for me to find paintings of Mary Magdalene in a small 200-year-old church in the village of Tinajo (Lanzarote – Canary Islands/Spain), which only has 3,000 inhabitants. I did not expect to come across illustrations of Mary Magdalene on Lanzarote – the Spanish mainland (e.g. Barcelona) and the adjacent South of France (e.g. Marseille) are located about 2,000 kilometers from the Canary Islands – because the island’s inhabitants seem to be committed to upholding old traditions and are closely linked to the conservative direction of the Catholic church. Nevertheless, there appeared to have been people over the last few centuries who have had a close relationship with Mary Magdalene.

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