English Cemetery at Malaga, Malaga

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The English Cemetery in Málaga (Cementerio Inglés de Málaga), or Anglican Cemetery, or Cemetery of St George, is the oldest non-Roman Catholic Christian cemetery established on mainland Spain.History and descriptionThe English Cemetery in Málaga, where St George’s Anglican Church stands, is the result of the inspiration and concern of William Mark, who was British Consul in Málaga from 1824 until 1836. In the eight years he had lived in Málaga before his appointment as Consul, he had looked “with great disgust” on the way Protestants had to be buried on the sea shore at dead of night, because those who profess a different creed other than Catholic could not be buried in consecrated ground, namely in the parish churches, monasteries and cemeteries of Málaga.Due to his persistent efforts, Mark was finally given permission to create a permanent cemetery on the Vélez road outside the walls of the city, thanks to the Royal Order of Ferdinand VII, issued on 11 April 1830. The adjoining mortuary is now the church library.The cemetery covers over 8,000 sq. m. and contains more than 1,000 graves. The cemetery is also a botanical garden with a number of unusual specimens of trees and plants. With several well-known people buried there, it has become one of Málaga’s historical sites.During the years immediately after 1830, the cemetery was greatly extended, and in 1839–40 a “lodge temple” was built in classical style with a small chapel and incorporating the cemetery guard’s dwelling. With its fine Doric columns, this structure was adapted and enlarged in 1890–91 to become the present St George’s Anglican Church.
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  • Would definitely recommend a quick walk fro the center to this peaceful heaven showing so much social history of the British influence in Malaga from traders to seafarers. Very interesting and worth t...  read more »
  • It is a small cemetery are gradually restored. It has some tombs of writers of renown (Jorge Guillen and Gerarld Brenan). Curious are the tombs covered by shells. It is a very quiet place and in which the sense of rest takes authenticity. It is still in active use although for sanitary measures, the deceased before be buried should be cremated. It is a curious place, although if you don't have much time to visit Malaga no vale la pena
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  • tranquil and nostalgic look at the children,s graves at the top of the cemetery and sit on the seat provided by my wife and myself enjoy the peace and contemplate what you want in life. then go and en...  read more »
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