Santiago Church

Málaga, Spain

Iglesia de Santiago is the oldest church in Málaga, built in 1490 to the site of older mosque. This church is noted for its tall Mudejar style steeple and baroque interior which contains some notable chapels. Pablo Picasso's baptismal certificate is on display here. Pablo Picasso was baptisted there in 1881.


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Founded: 1490
Category: Religious sites in Spain


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Filippo Milotta (2 years ago)
Fine decorations inside. I particularly loved the one on the ceiling
Retha Harmse (2 years ago)
Beautiful cathedral with beautiful architecture. They issue a remote with recorded descriptions that serves as a tour guide for 10€
Jason C (2 years ago)
Was closed when I went. Opens to tourists only from 11am to 1pm!
Salvador Soiza (2 years ago)
La iglesia de Santiago Apóstol es la Iglesia más antigua de Málaga y esta cargada de historia, en sus paredes se nota el paso de la población islámica por Malaga dandole ese aire gótico-mudejar que la caracteriza, su construcción de inicia en 1487 después de la reconquista cristiana y fue la primera de las cuatro parroquias mandas a construir por los Reyes Católicos, la iluminación de la iglesia es ideal para hacer fotografías, se encuentra en la calle Granada muy cerca de la Plaza de la Merced el Museo Picasso y la zona de tapas. St. James Church is the oldest church of Malaga and is steeped in history, its walls note the passage of the Islamic population in Malaga giving that air Gothic-mudejar characterizing it, its construction of begins in 1487, after the reconquest Christian and was the first of the four parishes send to be built by the Catholic Kings, Church lighting is ideal for photography, is located in calle Granada, very close to the Plaza de la Merced tapas area and the Picasso Museum. St. James Church est la plus ancienne église de Malaga et est imprégnée d’histoire, ses murs, note le passage de la population islamique à Malaga en donnant qu’air gothique-mudéjar qui caractérisent ce, sa construction de commence en 1487, après la reconquête Christian et a été le premier des quatre paroisses envoyer à être construits par les rois catholiques, église éclairage est idéal pour la photographie, est situé dans la calle Granada, très proche de la zone de tapas de Plaza de la Merced et le musée Picasso. St. James Church ist die älteste Kirche von Malaga und ist reich an Geschichte, seine Wände beachten Sie den Durchgang von der islamischen Bevölkerung in Malaga, dass Luft Gothic-Mudéjar charakterisieren es, seine Konstruktion von 1487, nach der Rückeroberung beginnt Christian und war die erste der vier Pfarreien zu senden, von den katholischen Königen, Kirche gebaut werden Beleuchtung eignet sich für Fotografie, in der Calle Granada, ganz in der Nähe der Plaza De La Merced-Tapas-Bereich und das Picasso-Museum befindet. St. James Church è la chiesa più antica di Malaga ed è immersa nella storia, le sue mura si noti il passaggio della popolazione islamica a Malaga dando che aria che lo caratterizza, la sua costruzione di stile gotico-mudéjar comincia nel 1487, dopo la riconquista Cristiano e fu la prima delle quattro parrocchie Invia ad essere costruita dai re cattolici, chiesa illuminazione è ideale per la fotografia, si trova in calle Granada, molto vicino alla zona di tapas di Plaza de la Merced e il Museo di Picasso. St. James Church er den ældste kirke i Malaga og er gennemsyret af historie, dens vægge Bemærk passage af den islamiske befolkning i Malaga giver at luft gotisk-mudejar kendetegner det, dets konstruktion af begynder i 1487, efter generobringen Christian og var først af de fire sogne sende skal bygges af de katolske konger, kirken belysning er ideel til fotografering, er beliggende i calle Granada, meget tæt på Plaza de la Merced tapas område og Picasso-museet. St. James Church is de oudste kerk van Malaga is doordrenkt van geschiedenis en de muren opmerking de passage van de islamitische bevolking in Malaga geven dat lucht Gothic-mudejar karakteriseren het, de bouw van na de herovering in 1487 begint Christian en was de eerste van de vier parochies verzenden worden gebouwd door de katholieke koningen, kerk verlichting is ideaal voor fotografie, is gelegen in calle Granada, vlak bij het Plaza de la Merced tapas gebied en het Picasso Museum.
Ben M (3 years ago)
Nice place to visit - free of charge and beautiful interior
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