The Church of Los Santos Martires was one of the four churches ordered built by the Catholic Kings after the conquest of Malaga from the Moors at the end of the 15th century. The church honors the Martyrs San Ciriaco and Santa Paula. Today these two saints are the patron saints of Malaga, together with Our Lady of Victory.
Don Diego de Deza was the person who built the church in 1505, although work started in 1491. The original church was in the Gothic-Mudejar style, with pointed arches. The architect of the main chapel and sacristy was Juan Rodriguez. The church has three naves and a big cupola on top of the main chapel. The whole church was remodeled in the 18th century and rededicated in 1777. The church suffered damage in 1854, 1884, and during the Civil War in 1936. The church was restored and inaugurated in 1945. The church has a long history of destruction and reconstruction.
Today the church is a mixture of styles, but the main style now in the decoration is rococo. There is penty of marble in the church and many of the chapels have gilded altars. There are about 11 different chapels with beautiful images of the Virgin Mary, many of them maintained by the cofradias (brotherhoods) that have their base in this church during Holy Week celebrations. Many of the processions originate in this church. The church is very beautiful and has much sculpture and many paintings. The sacristy is especially beautiful with its pastel colors.
This church is an architectural gem and one of the most beautiful in Andalusia.
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