This religious temple was built between 1528 and 1782, shortly after Christian armies conquered the Arab territory. A few days after the entrance of the troops in 1487, the catholic kings ordered the construction of a cathedral on top of the old mosque, this was situated inside the old limits of the Arab wall that surrounded the city, and also is thought that it was erected on top of the remains of an old Visigoth church.
The construction of the cathedral was made with stones obtained from the old quarry of Valley-Niza (Velez-Malaga), today an archaeological-monumental complex converted into the “Museum of the Stone”.
The beginning of the construction of the cathedral commenced in 1582 on top of the old mosque that was located in the same plot of land and its construction suffered several interruptions, and finally fished in 1782 with one of the towers still unfinished as that money was probably used for the improvement of the Antequera Road.
Currently there are no plans to finish off the construction, and should stay this way...as it’s an architectural monument and legacy as it is, although there are who think that it should be finished off exactly how the original plans indicated.
The exterior of the cathedral has gardens and a beautiful patio with orange trees. The interior of the cathedral is made up of 3 naves, the one in the middle is the widest and has a height of 41.79 metres. With a rectangular shape, the artworks of the different artists from back then stand out.
The choir of the cathedral of Malaga is a sculptural piece of great importance due to the great amount of artists that worked in it and made with a political-religious message of the control of the church back then.
If you want to get to the Cathedral of Malaga by car, check the map below with the road route. We recommend using a public parking as it is very difficult to park in Malaga city centre.
One of the closest public parking to the Malaga Cathedral and Picasso Museum is located at Plaza María Guerrero:
The parking above is recommended if you are willing to visit Malaga city centre. From the parking is very easy to get to the cathedral and other places of interest by walking like shown on the walking route from the map below:
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