The Cathedral of Malaga, also known as "La Manquita," which translates as "The One-Armed Woman," is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city and a must-visit for any tourist. This nickname was given due to its unfinished second tower, which lends the building a unique, asymmetrical appearance.
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Panoramic view to the city and Cathedral of Malaga with a mountainous background
Panoramic view to the city and Cathedral of Malaga with a mountainous background

The Cathedral of Malaga

The cathedral was constructed between 1528 and 1782 in the Renaissance architectural tradition, with Baroque elements. It was built on the site of a former mosque, following the Christian reconquest of Malaga.

The cathedral is notable not just for its grand scale and ornate interior, but also for its beautiful gardens and the views of the city that can be enjoyed from its tower. The interior of the cathedral is equally impressive, with a vast nave and two aisles, each topped with a series of domes.

The main altar showcases an exquisite 16th-century altarpiece composed of 42 biblical scenes, and the choir stalls are carved from mahogany and cedar, considered a masterpiece of Spanish Baroque woodcarving.

In addition to its role as a place of worship, the cathedral also serves as a cultural space, hosting concerts and other events throughout the year.

The cathedral is located in the heart of Malaga's historic district, and there are many other attractions, such as the Alcazaba and the Picasso Museum, within walking distance. It's open to the public for both worship and tours. Please note that a small entrance fee is usually required to enter the cathedral, and modest attire is recommended out of respect for the religious nature of the site.

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