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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  • After a walk along the main road past the bull ring, we came across a gate house at the entrance to the English Cemetery. There is a small entrance fee unless you can prove you have a relative buried ...  more »
  • Looks inviting from the outside, so we decided to wander in. We were there just before it closed, so didn't go in the end. Glad we didn't, really, as we wandered up the steep street next door to get a...  more »
  • Well worth the 3 Euros to support the maintenance at this beautiful cemetery. It is a very short walk from the bull ring and they have a map in English.  more »