In this remarkable church in the narrow and busy Calle Granada Pablo Picasso, one of the most important painters of the 20th century, was baptized in 1881, and was given his full 23-words name: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.
Being built in 1490, it is the oldest church of Málaga, but as so many other churches in Andalucía, its foundations are much older. After the Reconquest of Spain in 1487 by Ferdinand and Isabella, all mosques in Málaga were turned into Catholic churches. However, the architectural style of the tower still reflects its origins, and so do the decorations of the the Mudejar style door, which is now sealed off by a brick wall.
The Santiago Church is located right near Pablo’s birthplace at Plaza de la Merced, which is now converted into a charming museum on Pablo’s life and family.
Calle Granada, 78, 29015 Málaga
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