Discover Renaissance beauty in the heart of Andalucía at Malaga Cathedral. Constructed in the 16th century, the cathedral is referred to by locals as “La Manguita,” as it boasts only one high tower instead of the traditional two-tower design. Tour the cathedral’s many chapels, admiring grand artwork and details like the ornate Neoclassical altarpiece depicting the patron saints of Málaga and the carved mahogany, 17th-century choir stalls. Visit the museum on the second floor to see ceremonial treasures and important artifacts. Make Malaga Cathedral a part of your Malaga vacation plans using our Malaga travel route planner .
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  • The outside is stunning and makes you wonder how they managed to build such magnificent buildings without the assistance of today's heavy machinery. The cost for over 65s is €5.50. The layout inside i...  more »
  • The Cathedral of Malaga began to be built in 1528, for the sake of unusual not over but next to the Moorish mosque. The style is a combination of Renaissance interior and Baroque in the façade. The cathedral was inaugurated in 1782, but the construction is not yet clear. It is not without reason that the cathedral is called "La Manquita" or "the one-armed lady" because both the roof and the south tower are missing. It is rumoured that there is now money to build ready, but that both residents of Malaga and the congregation hesitate to give up their characteristic landmark. When the cathedral was built, Spain was a great power where great riches were spent on the adorings of the country's churches. In Malaga's case so much, that the cathedral feels difficult overloaded. It is too much of a good thing simply, especially if you consider where the riches come from. I was more curious about the cathedral ceiling and paid €6 extra to get the climb the 200 ladder. One afternoon in September, the sex was short and soon our group followed a bored attendant up to a gangway with a view of the brick-clad vaults and the 84-metre high north tower, the second highest in Andaklucien after Seville's Giralda. The view of the old town and the port is of course radiant and closest down there we see Plaza del Obispo. The tower visit is recommended.
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  • The cathedral is beautiful inside, but I found it better and more interesting from the outside. Admission must be paid for this, but you get an audio guide in the desired language.
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  • The inside is impressive - the audio guide is very dry and detailed - great if you are interested in all the iconography but too long for most of us. The rooftop tour is much more interesting. You get fantastic views over the harbour and the city and I think you can just get this tour on its own for €6. The courtyard on the right as you go towards the entrance is a lovely cool & shady spot to relax for a while out of the hot sun.
  • Nice little garden. There's a ticket to go in, which I don't like for places of worship. Only admired nice architecture & garden. There's probably a great view of the city from the top, which you also need to pay for (I think it's 6 euro visit/go up the roof, or 10 euro both)
  • Amazing! Renaissance style inside and out. The craftsmanship on the interior is very impressive, and so is all the renaissance art work also decorating the interior. The pictures doesn't really do it justice..
  • This mighty church with its small calming garden is a wonderful place to stop while visiting in Málaga. Sad thing is that there's tickets. Next time I'm in Malaga I make a new visit when there's a service. Then I'll make a new review. I think that people doesn't need to pay to get into churches.
  • I don’t want to spoil too much by sharing the pictures but the real thing is just magnificent and mesmerizing both inside and outside! I fell in love with the architecture and the art pieces that are so important. It’s definitely worth every penny you spend to visit this place as you learn about how it’s build/made. It’s not crowded inside and payment are very easy! Workers were very friendly and the visitors were respectful.
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