The Cathedral, officially the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (Our Lady of Incarnation), is not only a church, but also a symbol of Málaga. With a style that is difficult to define, ranging from a Baroque facade to a Renaissance interior with Gothic elements, the cathedral is as interesting as it is appealing. Being surronded by a lovely garden with fountain makes it even more alluring. Fun fact is that the cathedral is the second tallest cathedral in Andalucía, next to the Giralda in Sevilla.
The site of the cathedral had been of religious significance in Málaga for many centuries before its construction started in 1530. The remains of other cultural buildings can therefore still be found under the cathedral, such as the Almohad mosque. Notice that the cathedral’s 84-metre tower is visible all around the city, and therefore functions as a landmark for tourists as well as for Malagueños.
And did you know that the locals use the nickname ‘La Manquita’ to refer to the cathedral? The Spanish word for ‘one-armed lady’ refers to its single tower, since the second one was never finished.
Calle Molina Lario, 9, 29015 Málaga
TIPS & TRICKS
- You will find a couple of very nice rooftop bars nearby the cathedral, where you can not only get great cocktails, but also take in the view of the cathedral from a different perspective.
- Feeling adventurous? Climb the tower and enter the roof, for a unique walk on top of the cathedral. Tickets available from the Bishop’s palace, the big red and yellow building at the Plaza del Obispo in front of the cathedral.