Malaga Cathedral
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Leif B
Pietarsaari, Finland2,665 contributions
Oct 2022
I went to see the Cathedral of Malaga and bought the ticket both to the church and to the roof to see the view over Malaga, but when I found out, that it was 200 steps to the roof I got cold feet and visited the cathedral only, were you find grand artworks and a Gothic and a Neoclassic altarpieces. The Cathedral of Malaga is a Roman Catholic Church in the Renaissance architectural tradition. It was constructed between 1528 and 1782.The north tower is 84 meters high, making this building the second-highest cathedral in Andalusia, after the Giralda of Seville. The south tower remains unfinished.
Written November 13, 2022
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J W
London, UK100 contributions
Jun 2022
The Malaga Cathedral is a magnificent building that is worth a visit. The roof top also offers a very good view of the city.

We pre-booked our tickets but it might not be necessary- we went on a Sunday afternoon and there was a short queue for those who didn't pre-book.
Written June 30, 2022
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JJJC_Family
Virginia579 contributions
Oct 2022
The space has an open airy feel. The stone used for columns have a lovely sand color, very relaxing, calming. The stained glass windows were copious and beautiful, with lovely color and excellent craftsmanship. See the windows up on the left hand side of the church when the sunlight is directly streaming through them and they positively glow to magnificent effect. By the way, I particularly like the fact that the windows higher up, but not too high are large enough so that you can easily see them well plus the designs were not super intricate and dark too make them easier to distinguish in the first place. Plus, the proper use of color also helped. The chapels were very, very nice and varied, a few of really high quality. Some cathedrals, even good ones have bad or at best, mediocre chapels which distract from the beauty of the overall space rather than enhance it. The ceilings had an interesting design with circles that was repeated throughout the church that wasn’t boring, at all. In fact, I liked it a lot. The choir area was large and the workmanship of the stalls was of a very high quality using very fine wood and was in exquisite shape. Actually the whole cathedral was in exquisite shape. It almost looked brand-new to me. The organs had an appealing look with a greenish tone and there four parts to it – 2 inside the choir area facing each other, while the other two were on the outside walls of the choir area facing towards the walls of the cathedral. It was a neat effect, one I have seen once or twice before. The exterior was handsome and interesting, not at the very top of the range, but like the interior, pleasant and soothing. My wife and I took hundreds of pictures of videos and spent a lot of time circling over and all over the cathedral wanting to capture in our memory and on our and computers the beauty. I casually decided to take a quick look at some pictures on my phone wondering whether I have been too flowery in my praise, but it only enhanced my feeling that if this were the only thing to see to see in Malaga, it would still be worth a trip there.
Written October 26, 2022
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Coi H
5 contributions
Apr 2022
Money, money, money,, I have stayed in Spain for more than a month and visited more than 50+ cathedral or catholic churches. This is one of few places that does not offer any free entry even on Sunday. Always asking an entrance fee to get in. Jesus might be crying in somewhere, ha ha.. It is not worthy to visit with entrance fee. Spend that money for something else unless you are dyeing-to-see Maria catholic.
Written April 28, 2022
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greenpanther30
Camberley, UK1,135 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This cathedral is lovely, but in comparison to others in Andalusia it's not as impressive. We had to wait on a Sunday to enter till 2pm as services were happening. It was €6 to enter with nothing more than the cathedral, which is quite small. Entrance was rushed and no explanation of any audio guide or leaflet was offered. We enjoyed the cathedral but had seen everything within 15 mins. We felt it wasn't worth the money paid. Roof tour was at 4pm on a Sunday.
Written March 13, 2022
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DrC-kiwi
Munich, Germany4 contributions
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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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia24,611 contributions
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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Melissa
Prague, Czech Republic18 contributions
Jun 2022
I loved my visit to the cathedral! It's very beautiful inside and the audio guide is on your phone so you can listen more about the history at your own pace. I also went to the rooftop and well worth it! You have amazing views of Malaga from the top, just make sure to wear comfortable shoes since you will be going up stairs to get there. Also, go to the rooftop at the earliest time since it does get hot in the afternoon.
Written June 14, 2022
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lux
8 contributions
May 2022
The staff was quite unpleasant. At 5:30 p.m., they permitted us to enter the cathedral for a price and then forced us to leave swiftly and angrily at 6 p.m. There was no description of how the guide functioned at the entrance. We would have skipped the visit that day if we had been advised we didn't have much time. The boy also slammed the door in our faces as we were leaving. You should remind your employees that they are still working in a church.

However, the Cathedral is beautiful.
5 stars for the Cathedral, zero for the staff
Written June 9, 2022
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jaynehackley
Manchester, UK17 contributions
Jun 2022
Stunning both day and night. Beautiful building where you can visit inside too. Not very expensive for entrance fee…choice of tickets,….cathedral only, €6 cathedral and roof tour, €10. Plus other options.

For views over the city well worth the roof guide but if you have been upto the castle, you see very similar views.
A must see.
Written June 19, 2022
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