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“Malaga's Oldest Church” 4 of 5 stars
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Church of Santiago
Calle Granada, 78, Malaga, Spain
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“Malaga's Oldest Church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The Church of Santiago is at Calle Granada, 78, and was built on the site of a former mosque. It is Malaga's oldest church, having been founded on 1490. Of the original façade only the Mudejar style central entrance remains (boarded up). The beautiful tower is Mudejar and has a square form. The interior of the temple was originally Gothic-Mudejar and has three naves. In the 17th century, the church was remodeled by the architect Felipe de Unzurrunzaga, who gave the church a Baroque look. The church suffered damage during the Spanish Civil War and was restored in 1944 by the architect Enrique Atencia.

The cupola above the main altar is decorated with elaborate plaster forms, with gold decorations. The whole ceiling has the elaborate plaster forms, giving the church the Baroque look. The main altar has a big statue of Santiago (St. James). There are several side chapels with very good sculptures. Near the entrance on the right side is a baptismal font in marble from the 16th century and this was were Picasso was christened in 1881.

Visited September 2012
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