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Monuments in Malaga
When we visit Malaga it’s highly recommendable to visit its monuments and other spots of tourist interest. Malaga is a province with many centuries of history where human presence dates back to prehistoric times with small groups that have left traces of their existence with rustic paintings; later on the Phoenicians created the first towns leaving us the remains of the walls of Malaga’s first port. The Arabs then introduced a great cultural and architectural richness and later on the Christians added a great amount of religious buildings of a great architectural beauty.
One of the oldest architectural remains in the capital city is the roman theatre, which we’ll find at the feet of the Citadel, the Arab fortress. This roman theatre is from the 3rd century and unfortunately was part of the structure used by the Arabs for the Citadel’s construction. Today, there is a lot remaining of the theatre like the entrance gallery, the stage, part of the orchestra and stands.
The Citadel is situated next to the roman theatre, built upon a hillside that adapts to the terrain and is made up of 2 walled premises and a palace. Its construction began in the 8th century and ended in the 11th. It now has a lift in the Guillen Sotelo street.
Aqueduct of San Telmo
This 18th century building is a great hydraulic work with which they brought water to Malaga, it’s situated in the Humaina Stream.
The Gibralfaro Castle
The Gibralfaro Castle was built to defend the Citadel in the 14th century. It’s situated at the top of the hill and was restored. It offers spectacular views from where one can take some of the most beautiful pictures of Malaga.
Buenavista Palace, Picasso Museum
This renaissance style 16th century lordly palace hosts the Picasso museum, one of Malaga’s most famous museums, as it is the painter’s place of birth.
This old hotel from the early 20th century is currently the headquarters of the palace of justice.
Marquis of Valdeflores palace
An 18th century building that since 1987 is the headquarters of the Women’s provincial service.
This 18th century building is currently the Chamber of Commerce and was ordered to be built by the Count of Buenavista.
A baroque style palace ordered to be built by Maria Salvatierra durin the 17th century. Over the years it has suffered several reformations, being the Post House during the 20th century and is nowadays inexplicably in private hands.
Marquis of Sonora palace
A late 18th century building, ordered to be built by Felix Solesio in 1789 in the central Granada street opposite the Santiago Apostol church near the Plaza de la Merced. Felix Solesio is considered the founder of Benalmadena and Arroyo de la Miel due to the creation of factories in the area that caused the settlement of the population. Currently it’s in state of abandonment after an attempt to convert into a hotel in which the works had to be stopped due to the discovery of roman archaeological remains.
Palace of Customs
This beautiful 19th century building was the headquarters of the New Customs Office since 1829, with a neoclassical style, it hosts the museum of fine arts of Malaga.
Palace of the Tobacco Factory
A regional style building built between 1923 and 1927 by the Tobacco company, an old Spanish monopoly established in 1636, being the oldest tobacco company in the world. As any good company in the hands of a government it was sold in 1999 and its building is currently Malaga’s automobile museum.
Cathedrals and churches in Malaga
In the year 1489, Malaga passed on to the hands of the Christians, who were also under the shadow of the church, who built religious buildings in all the conquered lands to adoctrinate the population and eliminate the Muslim tradition.
La Encarnacion Cathedral
This cathedral, which is also a symbol of the city, was built during the 16th, 17th and 18th century upon what was previously the Aljama mosque. It's situated on Molina Larios street and hosts a museum in its interior, and with 2 organs from the 18th century with 4000 tubes.
La Victoria Sanctuary
A religious centre dedicated to the cult to the Virgin of La Victoria, inaugurated in the year 1700 by the Catholic Kings and where the Pantheon of the Buenavista Counts is located.
Santos Martires Church
Founded in 1491, it was ordered to be built by the Catholic Kings with the aim of promoting the religious cult to Ciriaco and Paula, who were assassinated in the year 303 in the Roman Malaca, stoned and tied to trees by the Guadalmedina river for blaspheming the predominant religion of the time. In the place of their death is where today the Martiricos Avenue is situated.
San Lazaro Chapel
A 15th century religious building of Moorish style that was used in 1637 as a place of taking in the victims of the great pandemic plague.
San Juan Bautista Church
This is one of the first 4 temples built after the conquest of Malaga in the year 1487 although it was subsequently reformed, currently being an image of the reformation carried out in the year 1760 and the current capita of the 19th century.
San Felipe Neri Church
It was the personal chapel of the Counts of Buenavista and was situated next to their palace with objects and paintings of great artistic value in its interior.
San Agustin Convent
From the 16th century, it's situated in the original Caballeros street (today known as San Agustin street), on lands that were bought by the Augustinian friars in 1576. The building changed from one hands to others over the centuries between the town hall of Malaga and the bishopric, who did not want to renounce to the property. Currently there are plans to rehabilitate it and turn it into a public library.
Santa Ana Abbey
A 16th century building situated in Cister street and reformed in 1878. In 2009, the convent was shut down due to the lack of religious members as there were only 4 nuns left, who must follow vows of silence and obedience from the middle ages that still exist today.
Chapel of the Water
Inaugurated in the year 1800, of baroque style, that venerate religious images of the Christians.
Church and old hospital of San Julian
Church and hospital were built between 1863 and 1699 on lands granted by the town hall.
This 16th century church, situated on one of Malaga's oldest streets, Granada street, was built upon a mosque with the idea to eliminate all possible traces of the previous religion. In this church Picasso was baptised in 1881.
This Elizabethan gothic style church is situated opposite the cathedral.