It is in the highest part of the city of Antequera, close to the Alcazaba. It was founded on the initiative of Bishop Villaescusa Diego Ramirez, head of the Diocese of Málaga and who considered that due to the growth of the city, they should request a papal bull to convert the old Collegiate Church of Santa Maria de la Esperanza. Its construction was between 1514 and 1550 and designed by architect Pedro del Campo. His style is a transition from Gothic to Renaissance. It has a grand facade that resembles a triumphal arch with pinnacles of Italian style, the tower on the right is later, in the late 17th century. The interior has 3 naves, the central larger, separated by Ionic columns.
In the center of the town, in the square of San.Sebastian, constructed as a parish, and was moved in the year 1692 from the Temple Royal Collegiate of Santa Maria Maggiore. It was constructed between the years 1540 and 1549 highlighting this time the cover plateresca constructed in the year 1548, designed by Diego de Guevara and inside the pillars cruciform sections closest to the wall. SOmething that is especially remarkable is its brick tower, 60 meters high, one of the landmarks of the city, which was constructed by the Local Alarife Andrew Burgess between the years 1701 and 1706. Its design and construction material, brick, relate to this tower with Aragonese Mudejar. It is topped with an angel-vane called Angelote almost 12 feet high and is seen from most of the city.
The Church of San Antonio de Padua was built in the Renaissance style in the sixteenth century. Inside it has beautiful wood paneling which was recently restored. In addition to the main altar, there are a number of side chapels, the oldest belonging to the head of the Church, San Antonio de Padua and San Antonio Abad. A magnificent crucifix of Christ dominates the altar - it is of great artistic value, classic size and monochrome. There is also a box in one of the side chapels that holds a reproduction of the heads of the apostles. Outside is the bell tower which has three floors, it is completed with clay tiles, and a small ledge stands watch.
This parish church is a late Gothic style, built between 1485 and 1515, commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs when they conquered Ronda. Its facade has a tympanum and double windows. It also has a vaulted nave and two chapels with starry vaults, dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima and the Sacred Heart. Its main altar has a rococo influence. Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 19:00. Sundays and holidays: closed. Admission: Individual: 1€, Groups: 0,60 €
This church is located in the Plaza Duquesa de Parcent. It was built by order of the Catholic Monarchs where the main mosque once stood. It is Gothic in its structure, but the main altar is Renaissance style. One of the things you should look out for is the archway leading to the mihrab, which is typical of all mosques. Part of the wall still remains, which leads to the back of the altar. At Easter, you can see the Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus of Health and the Virgin of Bitterness leaving the church. Also located in this Church is the San Luis Bible, a book of biblical teachings that Doña Blanca de Castilla commissioned the Bishop of Paris to pass on to his son, the future King Louis IV of France. There is an entrance fee, unless you are going to Mass on Sundays from 13 to 14h when it is free. On the main façade, there are galleries for the festivities that take place in the square. Hours: 10:00 to 19:00 (open every day) 952 87 22 48 Tickets: Single: € 2, Groups: 1,50 €
Located in the old town, in the middle of many shops and a lively area, this chapel used to be part of the Royal Mercy Hospital named after St. John of God. The hospital was founded by the Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century, although the chapel came later in the 16th century. It's very simple and in its interior, there is a Mudejar coffered ceiling.
After the Church of the Incarnation in Marbella, one can say that this is the 2nd most visited church in the city. Its style is totally different as it was built and later blessed and opened for worship in 1976. Calvary Church was built at the foot of the old 18th-century chapel. The building is modern and the most remarkable of its interior are some beautiful stained glass windows and beautiful icons. Masses are performed every day at 19.30 h. Holidays: 10.00 h. The Holidays: 10.00 h., 11.00 h. (International Mass) - 12.00 and 19.30
Cútar is a nice village which, like most of the area of Axarquia, is of Arab origin, hence its white washed streets. This steep village lies on the slope of a hill and is divided into four main districts, the High, Low, the neighborhood of the source, and the district of Ermita. Going up a steep hill to the upper quarter, we found the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation. Its construction dates back to the sixteenth century, and it has been built over the ruins of an old mosque. The church has undergone several restorations, the first in the eighteenth century and the second in the mid-twentieth. Its Moorish facade is divided into three naves. It has a rococo chapel with polychrome decoration. It is worth a stop for a visit, so you can rest your legs after climbing too many hills ..
Arriving in Mijas, right where the tourist buses were parked, we had the first glimpse of La Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña located on Paseo Compass. The chapel was carved into the rock of a promontory jutting into the side of a hill, back in the sixteenth century, in the place where the Virgin appeared to the shepherds. The friar Diego de Jesus Mercy, tried in 1656, to have the authorities make one chapel that would commemorate that place where the Virgin appeared for the first time. His pleas, however, were ignored, and so he decided to excavate the rock. At the beginning, everyone was mocking him because they thought it would be impossible, but then everyday they kept watching his determination and will, and at one point began to bring him some lunch. It took him 26 years to complete, and asked that his death might be buried in the same cave that did not leave any excavated but no sign of the site, and so he died in 1682. Inside of it is stored the Virgen de la Peña, patroness of Mijas. In its vicinity, there is a lookout and you can see (no telescopes) an impressive view of the Costa del Sol and the beautiful Hermitage Valley Mijas. This is a place with a very unique history.
If you climb to the highest point of the chapel you can enjoy spectacular views of the whole town. In the pictures you can see the oldest part with the orthogonal Plaza Ochavada. It highlights in the distance a bust of a woman ... the rock lovers.
The town's name Sedella, comes from the time of the Reconquista, when there was a battle between Christians and Muslims and Queen Elizabeth referred to the battle saying: "Se de ella". It is part of the villages of the Axarquia, and is 59 km or so from Malaga. The landscape is very rough because of the proximity of the mountains to the sea. There are some well known vineyards, although new subtropical cultures and the impact of tourism have caused economic and urban changes, especially on the coastal strip. The oldest monument is that of the Church of San Andrés, which is located in the highest part of the town. This building has a square tower of two bodies with an octagonal roof and was built in the sixteenth century. Inside the temple one can see sculptures of the XVII and XVIII centuries. In winter, you can see the Sierra Nevada.
During our tour of Velez Malaga, we got to Plaza of the Constitution to see the Church of San Juan Bautista, although we did not get inside (it wasn't possible because it was celebrating the children's First Communion). Although the entire square was filled with relatives and friends of the children, we could admire the outside and learn a little about its history. The Church of San Juan Bautista is Gothic, but over time has been renovated many times. It was built as almost all places in the region, by Catholic Kings back in the XV century. Because these series of reforms, it still has Gothic and Neoclassical details and its giant bell depicts Muslim origin, as it is decorated with tiles and has areas that resemble the minaret of a mosque. The two main covers and side are Neoclassical style, and inside the chapel of the Shrine is Baroque.