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Malaga: Sightseeing

Around the Alcazaba Photo
The kings' palace, Alcazaba, which was built starting in 11th century, is Malaga's most important building of the Moorish epoch. In its interior you may visit the very interesting Archaeological Museum Photo.
Worth visiting are as well the beautiful gardens with several fountains, and the remains of a Roman theater.

Very close to it there is the Castillo de Gibralfaro. Originally it was palace built probably by Phoenicians, but in 14th century Moorish Caliph Yasuf I had built over it the fortress which is conserved until today. Two of its towers are connected by ducts with the Alcazaba.
The Cathedral
After conquering Malaga from the Moors, the Catholic Kings ordered in 1528 to build a cathedral over the original mosque. Construction was not finished until 1728, and the façade is mainly of this later period. Among the highlights are the chapels, Capilla Mayor and Capilla del Sagrado Corazón, and the beautiful choir-stalls.
Museums
The Picasso- Museum is located in a beautiful palace (Palacio de Buena Vista) and shows a variety of works from the earliest studies to his last pictures in the 1970s. The exhibits were faciliated by Picasso's family, as it was the artist's wish that there should be a museum in the city where he was born.

Buenavista Palace (Palacio de Buena Vista: Calle San Agustin, 6) is a great example of Andalusian architecture of the 16th century and combines Renaissance elements with Mudejar-style.

The Museum of Arts, in a Renaissance-building next to the port (Palacio de la Aduana), exposes among others works of Murillo, Zurbarán and Alonso Cano as well as one of the most important collections of paintings from 19th century in Spain.

Museum of Popular Art and Customs: (Pasillo de Santa Isabel, 10)

Diocesal Museum: Photo (Plaza del Obispo, 1) Important collection of religious arts, including works of Niño de Guevara and Pietro Vannuci.
Churches
Santuario de la Virgen de la Victoria, in Andalusian baroque-style with Mudejar-style influences. Worth visiting are specially the crypt and the tombs of the Counts of Buena Vista.

La Iglesia del Sagrario, gothic, with interesting reliefs and sculptures. It was built in 1488 over an Arabian mosque.
More attractions:
In Plaza de la Merced is located the house where was born great painter Pablo Picasso.

Casa del Consulado and Casa Palacio del Marqués de Valdeflores are interesting examples of the architecture of 18th century.

And if you want to relax, you may have a walk through one of the beautiful Mediterranean parks of Malaga: Puerta Oscura, de Picasso, de Pedro Luis Alonso, Parque de Malaga, de la Cónsula, El Retiro and la Concepción.

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