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Málaga Cathedral, unique in its style

Known locally in Málaga as "La Manquita"

Nestled in the heart of the city, the Málaga Cathedral, or its full title, The Holy Cathedral Basilica Church of the Incarnation, makes a bold statement in Málaga's historic centre. Its main facade holds pride of place in Plaza del Obispo (Bishop's Square), with its surrounding walls brushing the edges of Císter Street, Cañón Street, Postigo de los Abades Street, and Molina Lario Street. Built on the remains of an old Almohad mosque, it's an architectural synthesis, with construction starting in 1528 and "ending" in 1782. I say "ending" in quotes because the work was never actually finished. It's missing a tower, hence the nickname "La Manquita", some decorative elements on the main facade, and the roof covers.

Numerous renowned architects from the Andalusian Renaissance had a hand in the cathedral's construction, from giants like Diego de Siloé, Enrique Egeas, and Pedro López in its early stages. Later, they were replaced by the likes of Andrés de Vandelvira, Hernán Ruiz II, and Diego de Vergara. The main facade's central body is split into two heights and three streets, separated by monumental columns. The lower part houses three medallions; the central one represents the Annunciation of the Lord, while the side ones depict the city's patrons, Saint Paula and Saint Ciriaco. Inside, the cathedral boasts a rectangular layout, featuring three aisles of equal height, with the central aisle being the largest. The choir, with its 42 sculptures and an organ with more than 400 pipes still in use for concerts, is one of the cathedral's most valuable interior parts.

As mentioned earlier, Málaga Cathedral remains unfinished, even though it was considered completed by the end of the 18th century. Legend has it that the money designated for the completion of the cathedral was instead used to support the American revolutionaries during their War of Independence, as the distinguished Málagan Bernardo de Gálvez played a significant role in the conflict. However, this is merely a legend. The funds were actually allocated to other necessary public works at the time, and the cathedral's construction was never resumed. This gives it an unfinished quality that sets it apart, making it truly unique in its style.

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