Malaga Route

ITINERARY: Malaga - Ronda - Antequera - Archidona - Vélez Málaga.

This tour presents interesting samples of baroque urban development, architecture and art, influenced by the two main cores of Andalusian baroque - Granada and Seville, and of the diversity of materials used - stone, brick, plaster, whitewashed rubblework.

In Malaga, the most outstanding cluster includes the Cathedral - Sagrario church - Episcopal Palace and the Church of La Victoria. The main façade of the Cathedral is particularly fine (José de Bada). In La Victoria we have the Crypt of the Count of Buenavista (F.Unzurrúnzaga). Worthy of note are the churches of Santo Cristo, Santiago, San Juan, Santos Mártires and San Felipe Neri, the Hospital of San Julián and Hermitage of Cristo de Zamarrilla. At Churriana, in El Retiro Farm, there is the most beautiful private garden in Andalusia, designed in 1771 by Martín de Aldehuela. On the way to the hills, we can stop at Cártama to see the Hermitage of Los Remedios and at Coín for the church and sanctuary of la Fuensanta.

At Ronda, together with religious architecture - churches of Padre Jesús and Santa María, Convents of Santa Isabel and Madre de Dios, Temple of virgin de los Dolores - there are important civilian buildings such as the new bridge and the bullring, Casa de Rey Moro, the Palace of the Marquess of Salvatierra.

Antequera is one of baroque's convent-towns. A strategic location buildings the two Andalusias, there are countless churches - El Carmen, Loreto, San José, Belén, Remedios, Victoria, Santiago - and brick towers - Colegiata de San Sebastián, San Agustín, Madre de Dios - the hospital of San Juan de Dios, chapels - El Portichuelo, Cruz Blanca, Triunfo de la Inmaculada - and the Palace of the Marquess of Villadarias. At Campillos the parish church is good, façade by A. M. Figueroa.

At Archidona, the eight-sided square, the communal granary and churches of Jesús y María, Santo Domingo, Santa Ana and La Victoria and the Hermitage of El Nazareno.

Along the coast, there is another important baroque centre: Vélez Málaga, where there are the church of the Dislaced Carmelites, San Francisco, San Juan, Nuestra Señora de Gracia. Macharaviaya has a notable parish church -1783-.

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