Parroquia De Los Santos Mártires (Church of the Sainted Martyrs)
With its colourful brick walls and beautiful arches, this Christian church looks as lovely as the little square where it is located. It was erected in honour of the martyrs Ciriaco and Paula, patrons of the city, after the Spanish conquest in 1487. The eclectic architecture is especially noticable inside the church. The exuberant Rococo elements and the Baroque style vault are a result of several reforms, and somewhat in contrast with its Gothic-Mudejar origins, of which the tower outside is a nice remanent.
Plaza de los Mártires, 1, 29008 Málaga
TIPS & TRICKS
- This quiet and peaceful place is somewhat hidden in the alleys of Málaga centro, and the square has some very nice coffee bars where you can mix with locals and enjoy the view.
- When King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella conquered Málaga in 1487 during the Reconquest of Spain, an act also known as the Siege of Malaga, four Christian churches were built in Málaga on the foundations of old mosques, of which the Church of the Sainted Martyres is one.
Don’t miss out on the other three: the Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol (Santiago Church), the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (Church of Saint John the Baptist) and the Iglesia del Sagrario (Church of the Tabernacle).