Malaga Cathedral

Malaga Cathedral

Malaga Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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DrC-kiwi
Munich, Germany4 contributions
Don‘t do the rood tour unless you understand Spanish.
Jun 2021
Roof top tour is a one hour waste of time, especially since I‘m pretty sure most of the explanation is about how it wasn‘t finished. So it‘s a tour to look at where things should be, but aren‘t. You would think that since it‘s for tourists there would be language options (or at least headsets or QR codes allowing for specific languages). Nope. Almost one hour of nothing but Spanish (yes I know I‘m in Spain but my point is made for tourists above). Very slow, no shade from the sun, and Malaga from above is nothing special, at least not for an hour. It doesn’t cost much, but since you have to take the tour, I would not do it unless you understand Spanish, or plan to do your own research while you are up there and ignore the tour guide.
Written June 3, 2021
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,181 contributions
Stunning!
Apr 2021 • Couples
Amazing cathedral from every angle that it’s viewed from. It’s really sizeable and each aspect has a different look and feel. A must see! Photos don’t do it justice!
Written May 29, 2021
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Deb and Stu
Casablanca, Morocco179 contributions
Stunning and worth a visit
May 2021 • Family
Having seen a lot of cathedrals, I was not expecting much but this cathedral is truly beautiful.
Well worth a visit.
Written May 5, 2021
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cornellpurvis784
London, UK4 contributions
Nice
Mar 2020
Enjoyed going through the city to enter the immense buidling.
have seen much better cathedral but this one was nice though
Written December 11, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia20,895 contributions
An eclectic ensemble of four styles.
Dec 2019
The official name of the Cathedral of Malaga is 4 times longer: La Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación. The strange combination of both the Cathedral and the Basilica in the name is explained by the assignment of the status of a minor Basilica by the Pope in the XIX century. This highlights the status of the Cathedral because there are only 4 large basilicas and they are all in Rome. However, a non-Catholic tourist is neither cold nor hot from this. The status of the Cathedral is explained by its history. After the capture of Malaga in 1487, Isabella ordered the construction of a Cathedral on the site of the mosque. Despite the Queen's formidable reputation, many orders were executed for a long time. For a very long time. Only Columbus sailed to America quickly. By the way, the beginning of construction is indirectly connected with it. The discovery of America opened up access to the gold and silver of the Aztecs and Incas, which flowed like a river to Spain. Therefore, the Cathedral began to be built under the Queen's grandson Charles V in 1525. As often happened in Europe, grandiose projects of cathedrals were implemented for centuries. By the way, the architect of the Cathedral of Granada, Diego de Siloé, participated in the design of this Cathedral. Despite the abundance of gold, the Cathedral was completed in 1782. This does not mean that it was built all this time. Periodically interrupted because of money (and not only) the Cathedral was brought to some degree of readiness and consecrated in 1588, the year of the defeat of the Invincible Armada. Construction resumed in the XVIII century, because the Canon of the Cathedral convinced the authorities that without completion the Cathedral would collapse. All ships in Malaga were taxed for the tonnage for the construction of the Cathedral. However, one tower of the Cathedral was not completed, because the Canon gave the king's money to his brother, the Governor of Louisiana, for transfer to the American revolution. It was revenge on the British for the defeat of Spain in the war of the Austrian succession. So stands the Cathedral without a tower for which he received the nickname La Manquita — "One-armed lady". The Cathedral is eclectic, long construction and various architects have led to the fact that there is a Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and even classicism. Among the must-see masterpieces are the wooden choir seats by Pedro de Mena (1662). A ticket to the Cathedral costs 6 euros, there is a combined one with the bell tower, but I didn`t go. The views from the Alcazar are more interesting.
Written November 22, 2020
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,484 contributions
Magestic cathedral with a beautiful choir
Dec 2019
Known as the Renaissance Cathedral, the official name of Malaga’s Cathedral is Nuestra Snora de la Encarnacion or Our Lady of Incarnation but locally it’s just referred to as The Cathedral. This important church was constructed between 1528 and 1782 and is not only a religious building but also a national landmark and the pride of Malaga. The large cathedral has three naves with ambulatories and is considered an evolution of Gothic art. It features a Brunelleschi cube, elevating its interior and bathing it in golden light but what impressed me most was the beautiful choir with its 42 wooden carvings of saints by Pedro de Mena and its magnificent organ with more than 4,000 pipes. I would have loved to be in a service listening to that. Who wouldn’t be moved?

Despite the impressive size and elaborate interior, this cathedral has only one bell tower. Most major churches have matching bell towers but the second tower was never finished earning the monicker ‘the one-armed woman’. We did not learn why the second tower was not completed but there is a plaque on the side of the building saying that funds were donated to help the US colonies gain independence from British rule, so we may be responsible for the one-armed woman, but, as a US citizen, I thank you.
Written November 22, 2020
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Kevin Potts
Dumfries, UK9 contributions
Impressive building inside and out
Nov 2020 • Couples
Very impressive building with a history to match. The atmosphere inside is amazing calm and thoughtful and can’t fail to impress no matter what religion.
Written November 5, 2020
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Celine C
Toronto, Canada36 contributions
Beautiful cathedral
Dec 2019
This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have been. Do note that in Winter, the rooftops are closed but you can enjoy the impressive architecture and tower. The garden next to the church was also a beautiful sight but bathrooms will be charged a small fee. Overall, a lovely sight.
Written October 12, 2020
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PMV
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,115 contributions
Beautiful cathedral
Oct 2020 • Friends
Malaga cathedral is as beautiful from outside and inside. You can visit it for the fee per pax of 6€. It is a must do if you visit Malaga. The details of the decoration are amazing.
Written October 7, 2020
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GILLES V
Sanary-sur-Mer, France997 contributions
Amazing cathedral
Oct 2020 • Friends
One of the nicest church I have been visited. The entrance price is 6 euros but worth it. Huge and butifull
Written October 7, 2020
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