Its full name is Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, although for the people of Málaga it is simply “the Cathedral”. In all cities, a cathedral is always important, but here in Malaga it is even more important, because it is not just a religious building, it is also a benchmark, a landmark citizen, a milestone on the road and a witness to many events.
The building is one of the best examples of Spanish religious art: located on the remains of other cultural samples such as the primitive Almohad mosque.
Its traces began about 1,530 and was completed in the 18th century, although it is an unfinished work since it lacks the main facade and the south tower.
The lack of a tower has caused it to be popularly called La Manquita and that regarding this, circulate even today, a legend that says that the money that was destined in the XIX to its completion was spent, sending it to pay the wars in America , although it is shown that this money was actually used to finance urgent public works in the province.
With a plant of three naves with ambulatory, it is in a certain way an evolution of the Gothic art that in its first moment welcomed the new Renaissance ideas, with all the naves of the same height with vaulted vaults that make up those characteristic dome-shaped ones that are seen from above , for example when you see the cathedral from the Málaga Palacio hotel.
The elevation incorporates the Siloesque style with Brunelleschi’s die, which contributes to give it greater height and eye-catching without distorting the canon.
By its head is sister of those of Granada and Guadix, the Andalusian cathedrals of the XVI, on the other hand by its choir it is necessary to relate it with the Choirs of Toledo and Cordova, the three most important of Spain.
In the Malaga Choir is the stalls with 42 carvings, mostly by Pedro de Mena, a masterpiece that was made after the previous interventions of Luis Ortiz de Vargas and the Apostolate of the sculptor José Micael Alfaro, all this is done be one of the most important works of its kind.
Highlight also two magnificent organs that have more than 4,000 tubes, rare and beautiful examples of eighteenth-century musical instruments that, even today, are in good use and with which frequent concerts are given.
The covers of the cathedral are known like the one of the Chains, in front of the Palace of Zea-Salvatierra with its gardens and its patio of the orange trees; the main one, known as the one of the Plaza del Obispo and, although it is not integrated into the Cathedral, the façade of the Sagrario.
Since the mid-twentieth century the Cathedral was completely exempt when the last houses that were attached to it in the area near the Park were demolished.
In the cathedral is the Cathedral Museum, currently located in the dependencies of the former Chapter Room, are two rooms, part of the work of the eighteenth century, which have a beautiful coffered ceiling of the nineteenth, with works from the Cathedral itself and other places , some of rooms already disappeared, such as the old Room of Ornaments, also called of the Treasure of the cathedral, and of this same Chapter, both already disappeared and in the first of the rooms is where a lot of sacred works are located.