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Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria
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“Beautiful treasure!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Beautiful, huge Cathedral, twin organs, paintings, relics are worth the visit. Wish there was more information about the church. No gift shop with information but a wonderful church.

Visited June 2014
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“A bit of the unexpected”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

As we did not have much time, we did not go to the church itself, but went straight for the crypt. At first the office was closed (should not have been), but we kept wandering around and someone noticed us and notified the office lady so she opened it.

It is one of few places where you get a brochure in English where you can read details about the history of the place and its meaning.

The Crypt is very interesting, certainly not a thing you usually see in churches. At first the crypt feels creepy because of all the skulls and skeletons, but after a closer examination you notice that it all looks very new. What I mean is that it would have a better atmosphere if it looked older and more neglected considering it is from the 17th century.

For this one ticket you will also go high up into the church where there is one room which serves as a museum.

Visited May 2014
5 Thank Jarka P
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Simply the best! The number 1 place to visit in Malaga.”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

What a stunning surprise!!! This is without a doubt the best 2 Euros that we've ever spent. Do not go into the church but instead go down the right hand side and into the small entrance by the gardens that leads into the crypt. Pay your 2 Euros to the lady in the office, pick up your guide booklet and be prepared to be blown away!

We are not die hard visitors of historic buildings but quite simply, this was the best church we have ever visited. First of all you go into the crypt, after this you then ascend the stairs of redemption into the chapel, then ascend again into a depiction of heaven. To say that we were totally unprepared for what we walked into is an enormous understatement - to the extent that I am ashamed to say that I swore out loud in a church! This was the last time that a sound came out of my mouth for the next 20 minutes however, as for the rest of the time my mouth was wide open with amazement. I have purposely not given much detail as I don't want to spoil things. Please note that the side entrance is only open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Go and see this place, you will not be disappointed!

Visited October 2013
18 Thank Mick W
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Malaga, Spain
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“A Great Church”
Reviewed 20 March 2013

The church is one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Andalusia. It is one of the first churches with a camarin-torre. A camarin is a place behind an altar where the images are dressed and the ornaments kept. A torre is a tower. This tower is filled with plaster decoration painted with gold accents to give an almost rococo effect. One can see the back of the statue of the Virgin here and down into the church.

At the basement of the tower in the little museum is the Pantheon of the Counts of Buenavista. This pantheon is one of the most unique in Spain because it is decorated with white plaster in the form of skeletons over a black background. The skeletons are there to represent death and to make one think about it and prepare for it, which was one of the frequent themes of the Counter Reformation. The museum also has an overcoat for the Virgin donated by the Malagueña Anita Delgado when she was the Maharani of Kapurtala. This overcoat has many jewels attached to it.

The church has the form of a Latin Cross with two chapels. It is topped with a beautiful cupola.
The main chapel has a retable that came from the primitive church. This retable was carved by Luis Ortiz de Vargas in 1620 and polychromed by Luis de Zayas in 1661. Behind and above the main altar can be seen the beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary that is very much venerated by the Malagueños. The altar on the left side of the main altar has a very famous statue of the Virgin Mary, which is called the Dolorasa, and this was done by the famous sculptor Pedro de Mena.

Recently the Pope named this church as a minor basilica, which gives the church more prestige now.

Visited March 2013
7 Thank BennyMalaga
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