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Malaga Cathedral

The “One Armed Lady” and her ornate Baroque and Renaissance features has charmed locals for over 200 years.

This ornate and stately cathedral is known among locals as La Manquita, or “The One-Armed Lady,” because its tower was intended to be one of two. The first tower was erected to an imposing 276 feet (84 meters), but then construction ceased because the funds were sent to American troops in the War of Independence in 1780. Even without the second tower, the cathedral is grand.

Walk around the immense stone building and enjoy the quiet Museo al Aire Libre gardens on the northern side. Wander amongst iron sculptures and marble busts, including Malaga’s patron Santa Maria de la Victoria. Near the entrance, look for a bronze plaque. It is from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, thanking the people of Malaga and the church for their contribution to the War of Independence.

Enter through the beautifully ornate columns and arches to experience the cathedral’s lavish 17th-century interior. Take a quiet moment away from the heat and buzz of the city and walk among the pews. The distinctly Renaissance- and Baroque-style decorations include 40 statues of the saints, carved out of cedar and mahogany, in the choir stalls. Admire the stained-glass windows as well as paintings and sculptures by Spanish artists. Gothic and neoclassic altarpieces and the tombs of the Chapel of San Francisco also rest in the cathedral’s spacious, tranquil interior.

Visit the cathedral’s Museo Catedralicio, located in the former Chapter Room, to see more religious artifacts such as paintings, sculptures and manuscripts. 

The cathedral is a five-minute walk from the central Paseo del Parque bus hub in Malaga’s Old Town. You can access the cathedral and the Museo Catedralicio by paying a small entry fee at the main entrance. The cathedral is open during regular business hours and closed on public holidays and for Sunday mass.


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      NH Málaga Hotel

         
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        Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Market of Atarazanas, Calle Larios and Málaga Cathedral. Picasso Museum Malaga and Malaga Roman Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Guadalmedina Station is only a 4-minute walk and La Marina Station is 8 minutes.

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        Calle Cordoba 5, Málaga, Malaga
           
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              AC Hotel Málaga Palacio by Marriott

                 
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