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Malaga City Cathedral

© Michelle Chaplow Malaga Cathedral
Malaga Cathedral


Malaga Cathedral's emblematic tower
Malaga Cathedral's emblematic tower


Malaga´s cathedral was built between 1528 and 1782 on or near the site of a former mosque. While original plans had allowed for two towers, both lack of funds those donated to American Independence resulted in the completion of only one, giving rise to the name by which the cathedral is affectionately referred to, La Manquita, loosely interpreted as "one armed woman".

History of Malaga Cathedral

On the 18th August 1487 Malaga was re-conquered by the catholic troops. Initially the Aljama mosque was converted into a cathedral and consecrated under the protection of Santa Maria de la Encarnación. The site of this is more or less where the present day sacristy, museum and gardens are located.

Soon the construction of a new cathedral was proposed on a north south axis. The main facade door was constructed in gothic style about 1510 and this is the sacristy door that today leads into the gardens.

Interior of Malaga Cathedral

The interior has influences of the Renaissance and baroque styles. The notable 17th century choir stalls of mahogany and cedarwood were designed by Luis Ortiz.

Ornate Stonework on the façade of Malaga Cathedral
Ornate Stonework on the façade
of Malaga Cathedral

After his death the 40 finely carved statues of the saints behind each stall were completed by Pedro de Mena, one of Spain's most celebrated wood-carvers of the time, who spent some years in Malaga. Some of the chapels leading off the aisles also contain works by Pedro de Mena and his tutor, Alonso Cano. See Pedro de Mena's house in Malaga

Iglesia del Sagrano

Adjoining the cathedral is the Iglesia del Sagrano. Founded in the 15th century on the site of a mosque, the church has an unusual rectangular shape, its Isabelline-Gothic portal is the only remaining part of the original structure which was rebuilt in 1714. The interior is richly decorated and its main altar features a magnificent 16th century retable.



The gardens are free to visit and contain a number of interesting items in the so called Museo al Aire libre de la Cathedral de Malaga. The catedral gardens on Calle del Cistner are often photographed and contain a strange cross monument to victims of the civil war whose names have been removed. Traditional Cafe 'El Jardin' just is worth a vist. 


The small Cathedral Museum is easly misssed at the end of the main cathedral visit. Access via a wooden staricase in the cathedral shop.  More>

Rooftop Tour

The rooftop tour of the cathedral is well worth the visit. Even though you have to climb two hundred steps. Guided tours are availble and differentr times during the day in English and Spanish. More info on rooftop tours.  


Entrance to the Cathedral and Museum costs 5 euro.
Reduced rate: 2 euros
Children: 0,60 euros
Group rate: 3 euros

Note there is a separate line, to the left, at the entrance for worship in the cathedral, as opposed to the cultural visit to the cathedral. This is free and you only have access to the front area by the main chapel. It does give an impression of the cathedral interior.   

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 10.00 - 18.00
Sat: 10.00 - 17.00 hrs
Closed Sundays and holidays


Malaga Cathedral
Calle Molina Lario 9
29015 Málaga
Tel: +34 952 215 917


Malaga Cathedral Tour & Food Tasting

Malaga Cathedral Tour & Food Tasting
Malaga Cathedral Tour & Food Tasting

Explore the history of Málaga from the Roman era to the present with a local guide who will walk you through the most classic streets of the city and point out the famous Picasso Museum and the Constitution Square. Málaga is a mixture of cultures that have left their marks in every corner of the city. During this exciting journey through Malaga's old town, we'll visit Malaga's Cathedral and share with you the most interesting facts other tourists would never have the chance to know! Málaga also has a level of gastronomy that far exceeds other cities. It combines modernity and tradition, so the food scene is always evolving while still sticking to its historical roots.

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Information plaque outside Malaga cathedral. © andalucia.com
Information plaque outside Malaga cathedral.



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