The southern Spanish city of Malaga is full of historical sights and monuments, which is, besides the beach and the climate, another reason to visit Malaga! Additionally, the monuments in Malaga are very accessible by foot, as everything is closeby. OnSpain School created a list of the most impressive monuments in Malaga.
1. La Alcazaba
The ‘La Alcazaba’ is a Moorish building. It is built on the remains of a Roman theatre. Large parts of the original Roman theatre are gone, because they used the stones to build the ‘La Alcazaba’. The parts of the Roman theatre, were found very late. Namely in 1952. Until that time, there was a library on top of the theatre. With a renovations of the library, they encountered the remains of the Roman Theatre.
The Alcazaba is the best preserved in Spain. The Alcazaba is situated on a hilltop and it looks slightly different now than just after construction. Indeed there were three walls to protect the Alcazaba. But now there are just two left. There are also more than 100 towers. Inside the Alcazaba is a historical museum and there are beautiful gardens where you can walk through. Because the Alcazaba was partly built on the Gibralfaro mountain, you have a beautiful view of the city.
It is not really expensive to go inside of the Alcazaba. For adults, the price is about €2.20, for children of age 6 until 16 the price is €0.60. You also can chose for a combined card. With this one you can also visit the Gibralfaro mountain. In this case, the price will be €3.55
At the Gibralfaro mountain is a castle situated, ‘Castillo de Gibralfaro’. This castle is connected to the Alcazaba by a path on the east side of the Alcazaba. The castle was built to defend the Alcazaba.
You can reach the castle by walk. This will take you about twenty minutes. Because of the hight, you will have the most beautiful view at the city and the harbour. You can also look straight into the Bulls arena.
Through the north side of the mountain, you can reach the top by car. The tour bus uses this road also. In the castle you can find a small museum.
Combined with a ticket to the Alcazaba, the price will be 3.55.
The Cathedral is built on top of the remains of an old Mosque. In 1529 the people started with building the Cathedral. After about 250 years, the Cathedral was not finished yet. At that moment they were out of money and that is way the people stopped building the Cathedral. That is why the Cathedral just have one tower instead of two. De nickname of the Cathedral is: ‘La Manquita’. This means de lady with one arm.
Because building the Cathedral took over more than 250 years, there are many architects who were working at the Cathedral. That is why the Cathedral has many different styles. The lower part shows a Gothic style. The façades are built in the Renaissance style and the towers have a Baroque style.
Next to the Cathedral is a beautiful garden. This is also a remain of the Mosque. Almost no Cathedral is surrounded by a garden, but here they found it nicely at the time.
You always can visit the Cathedral. During the week, the price for adults is 5 Euro. On Sundays you can visit the Cathedral for free.
4. Plaza de la Merced
This is the most well-known square in Málaga. You can found here a lot of nice restaurants and bars. Besides that, the square is really popular, because of the sun shining around here the whole day. Especially in summer it is very busy. Children are playing at the square, while the parents are enjoying the sun and a drink at one of the restaurants.
This square is also well-known as the square where Pablo Picasso is born. At one of the corners of the square you can find the house where he lived with his parents and his sister. The house is now used for a museum about Picasso. On the square itself is a bench with a statue of Pablo Picasso.
In the middle of the square stands a large monument, built for the British General Robert Boyd. He came to Málaga with 48 associates in order to get the population in revolt. He was betrayed! In memory of him and his 48 associates this monument was built.
5. Iglesia Santiago
This church it the oldest one in Málaga. At first there was a Mosque at this place. These they brought down and at the remains of it, they built a church. Only the tower of the Mosque is still there. In the tower they have hung the church bells. The church is beautiful inside. Much work had been devoted to the decoration of it.
This church was the home church of the Picasso family. Plaza de la Merced is very close and so this is the church the family went every Sunday. His parents and his grandparents are married here. Picasso himself was baptised here. This is reflected in the church itself.
During the Spanish civil war, the church had to suffer a lot and there was a lot of damage. In 1944 the church was renovated by the architect Enrique Atencia.
6. Plaza de la Constitucion
This is the most central square of Málaga. This square connects four streets together. Therefore, this square is also called the ‘four blocks square’. The main street leading to the square is ‘Calle Marques Larios’.
In this square are now many organized activities and sometimes there are demonstrations. Until 1869 the council of Málaga was located here. Also you could find here the jail and the monastery. Now you mainly can find here shops and apartments.
On the square are large panels in the floor. These are the headlines of some newspapers. In 1978 the Spanish Constitution was adopted. These are newspaper articles written about the reach of the Constitution.
7. Iglesia Sagrado Corazon
‘The church of the Sacred Heart’ is a church which is very popular with couples. The church has a beautiful outside, so the wedding pictures will be spectacular. The inside is not that beautiful in comparison with ‘Iglesia Santiago’. In the church you will still be able to find confessional booths and as in all churches here in Málaga there are several masses on Sunday to visit.
The church is the youngest of Málaga. As mentioned before, the front is quite nice. The architect has copies several features. So the towers are built with some of the same elements as the ‘La Familia’ in Barcelona. The façade contains elements of the ‘Sacre Coeur’ and the ‘Notre Dame’ in Paris.
8. Episcopal palace
On the square, in front of the cathedral, is the Episcopal Palace. The square is named after the Palace, namely ‘Square of the Bishop’. The palace was used between the 16th and 18th century. The bishop wanted the palace near the Cathedral. So this turned out successful, it is in the opposite.
The beautiful façade is designed by the architect Antonio Ramos. It is built in a Baroque style. The place is still used sometimes. But the largest part it is in a empty state. Now they fill it with an occasional art exhibition.
9. Bulls arena
‘La plaza de Toros La Malagueta’ was built in 1874. The arena can seat 14.000 people during a bullfight. Unlike in the northern of Spain, the bullfight are still allowed around here. Yet it is here already rare. Only at the Easter and during the Feria week in August, there will be bullfights.
Prices to watch a bullfight are very low at the beginning of the week. The further the week progresses, the better the bullfighters turn out. That is why the prices will rise. Beside, prices in August are depending on which side you are in the arena. When you sit on the sunny side of the arena, the prices will be lower than the shadow side.
During the other weeks in the year, the arena is open for visits. In the arena you can find a museum about the history of the bullfighting. Or you can get a guided tour through the arena. Only on Sundays the arena will be closed for public.
The ABC consists out of three main buildings on the main road. One of the buildings is the city hall. This building was built in Baroque style.
The second building is a bank. It was built in Neo Classic style.
The last building is the old post office in Málaga. Now it is only used as a library for the University of Málaga,
City Hall is Spanish is: Ayuntamiento. Bank in Spanish is: Banco and the post office is called: Correos. This ensures that the buildings are called the ABC buildings.
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