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“A Great Church” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria

Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria
Plaza del Santuario, Malaga, Spain
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“A Great Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

The church is one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Andalusia. It is one of the first churches with a camarin-torre. A camarin is a place behind an altar where the images are dressed and the ornaments kept. A torre is a tower. This tower is filled with plaster decoration painted with gold accents to give an almost rococo effect. One can see the back of the statue of the Virgin here and down into the church.

At the basement of the tower in the little museum is the Pantheon of the Counts of Buenavista. This pantheon is one of the most unique in Spain because it is decorated with white plaster in the form of skeletons over a black background. The skeletons are there to represent death and to make one think about it and prepare for it, which was one of the frequent themes of the Counter Reformation. The museum also has an overcoat for the Virgin donated by the Malagueña Anita Delgado when she was the Maharani of Kapurtala. This overcoat has many jewels attached to it.

The church has the form of a Latin Cross with two chapels. It is topped with a beautiful cupola.
The main chapel has a retable that came from the primitive church. This retable was carved by Luis Ortiz de Vargas in 1620 and polychromed by Luis de Zayas in 1661. Behind and above the main altar can be seen the beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary that is very much venerated by the Malagueños. The altar on the left side of the main altar has a very famous statue of the Virgin Mary, which is called the Dolorasa, and this was done by the famous sculptor Pedro de Mena.

Recently the Pope named this church as a minor basilica, which gives the church more prestige now.

Visited March 2013
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