Ceiling, Cathedral of Malaga, Spain

The ceiling is the most unusual and stunning features of the Malaga Cathedral

The Cathedral of Malaga is a late Renaissance masterpiece, which distinguishes it from many of the cathedrals of Spain, which were built a couple hundred years earlier, in the Gothic style. It was started in the early 1500s, soon after Malaga was recaptured from the Moors in 1487, and after the final “reconquest” in 1492 of the last Moorish outpost of Granada, just up the road a piece.

There's a lot of Baroque work in here too. But what really struck me was the massiveness of the columns, and their exaggerated classical capitals. The columns themselves lend a real sense of weight and grandeur to the cathedral, but unfortunately also make it really difficult to get any sense of the sweep of the lovely windows of the apse. They are set back from the altar, which is surrounded by the columns, so there's no way to really get a look at them all at once as they peek out from between the massive supports.

At any rate, the ceiling, as you can see, is quite lovely, and perhaps that makes up a bit for hiding the windows.

Have a look at some more beautiful churches in Spain in this post on Twelve Great Cathedrals of Spain.

Our visit to Malaga also included the Malaga Food Tour from Devour Tours.

Thanks to Eurail, for providing me and my friend train passes that got us from Madrid to Malaga and Sevilla this week. Nothing better than the trains in Europe. And no better way for an American to take advantage of them than with Eurail.

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2 thoughts on “Ceiling, Cathedral of Malaga, Spain”

  1. Glad you enjoyed your visit to the cathedral in Malaga. The ceiling really IS spectacular.

    Did you know that the cathedral is affectionately known as “La Manquita”, which translates into English as “The One-Armed Lady”? This is because although the Cathedral´s North Tower is 84 metres high, making this building the second-highest cathedral in Andalucía, after the Giralda Tower in Seville, the South Tower remains unfinished.

    A plaque at the base of the tower informs us that funds raised by the parish to finish it were used instead to help the British colonies (which later became the United States of America) to gain their independence from Great Britain.

    Happy travels!


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