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“Little bit of England in a wonderful peaceful setting!”

English Cemetery at Malaga
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Ranked #58 of 217 things to do in Malaga
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Cemetery, situated in the heart of the city of Malaga is the last resting place of many notable figures from the English, Spanish and Foreign Communities settled in or visiting Andalucia and particularly the Costa del Sol. The burials that have taken place over the years provide a unique historical record of the British and other Protestant Christian communities who have resided on the Costa del Sol since 1831.
Reviewed June 28, 2013

This chapel is very interesting with the fantastic people that have been laid to rest in the grounds of this little English church. It completely survives on the kindness of the public and the British Royal Navy when they come into Malaga harbour for a few days, they assist in cleaning up the graves and the gardens. Do see it if you have the time it's a wonderful place!! It's close to the bullring and the beach !

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Pleasant resting place of many children and people. There is a high traumatic death rate for many of its occupants and there is a little book you can buy in the entry lodge for 5 euros describing their stories. Most moving are the small shell graves of the children, many of whom died from infectious diseases. One family buried 3 young children here. They were from Shewalton Ayrshire. Although originally designed as a graveyard for English Protestants this site is home to several nationalities and religions.

1  Thank kaitiScotland
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

If you are anywhere near the Bullring in Málaga, take the opportunity to look in on the English Cemetery. It is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Port and the Alameda Principal and 5 minutes or less from the Bullring. If you are visiting by car, it has a small area for parking inside, but on your way up get a leaflet from the gatehouse, it will give you a little background on the cemetery. It is a peaceful oasis within the bustle of Málaga with many wild flowers and random plantings in amongst the graves. Some areas are becoming somewhat overgrown as it is wholly dependent upon donations, receiving nothing in the way of public grants or support. Even the volunteer at the gatehouse is unpaid, so every donation is vital for the upkeep. They consider a donation of a euro reasonable, but I feel they are undervaluing the cemetery.
The earliest grave dates from 1831 with many notable people of Protestant Christian communities having been buried there. Of these, not all are British. There is a walled section within the cemetery, with a gated entrance, noticeable by having graves with shells laid over the top of them. These are the graves of children, a somewhat poignant touch adding to the charm of this place.
In the grounds there is built an unusual lodge temple which was subsequently converted to a church in 1891.
The opening times are a little different to the usual as the cemetery is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10:30am to 2:00pm, except that on Sunday it closes one hour earlier.
Definitely a place to re-visit periodically.

2  Thank Bruce W
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Amazing how large the area is inside. Very interesting. Lovely peaceful gardens in the centre of Malaga. Nice to then walk to the new port or Old Town.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

The English Cemetery, founded in 1831, is quite close to the centre of the city, across the road and east of the Plaza de Toros. You enter it through a large gate with the sign, Saint George's Anglican Church on tiles on the left side. A pamphlet in Spanish is available on the right as you enter and one in English is available from the volunteer. Entrance fee is suggested as one Euro. They should charge more!
Being on a hillside adds to its charm and as you climb up the steep path it is easy to forget you are in a city.
I was interested in seeing the grave of Jorge Guillen, the prolific Spanish poet, winner of the 1976 Cervantes Prize who was a member of the Generation of '27 (along with Federico Garcia Lorca and Spanish Nobel Laureate 1977 Vicente Aleixandre). It was sad to see his grave so neglected with grasses growing around it. Guillen's second wife, Irene Mochi-Sismondi is buried in the same grave.
In the same section is the grave of the 42 men of the Imperial German Navy, who were drowned in the wreck of the Gneisenau in 1900.
The most heart-breaking part of the cemetery is theThe Inner Cemetery built in 1831 which contains the little shell graves of children and babies.
The Irish rebel, Robert Boyd's grave is over in the corner of the Inner Cementery keeping them company. He was executed in 1831 for his part in the uprising for the liberal cause with General Torrijos. As a non- Roman Catholic, his body was saved from the custom of the day was of being dumped on the beach at the low water mark at the mercy of dogs and the sea.
The Finnish writer Aarne Viktor Haapakoski a.k.a. "Outsider" is buried highest on the hill of the cementery just above the graves of the English writers, Gerald Brenan and Gamel Woolsey.
The quaint little Saint George's Anglican Church was built as a lodge temple and converted to a church in 1891.
As you walk toward the church, the economist and author, Marjorie Grice-Hutchinson's grave is on the left. Her detailed history of the cementery is available in the Gatehouse for 5 Euros.
The English Cementery is one of the many lovely and interesting places to see in Malaga, and somewhere I would return.

Web: www.cemeterioinglesmalaga.org

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