|The One-armed Lady of Malaga|
In spite of the checkered history of its construction, the Malaga Cathedral is still an impressive sight inside and outside. Visitors enter through the Doorway of the Chains, so called because the chains separated the courtyard with the orange trees from the church proper.
|Doorway of the Chains|
The interior has a long nave with a large choir in the middle and side aisles lined with chapels dedicated to various saints or inspired by various devotions.
The choir is interesting in that it has its own altar apart from the high altar. Also in the wall of the choir is the Retro-choir with statues to various saints.
|Choir flanked by massive organs|
|St. Mary Magdalene|
The high altar is easily visible from the choir and is nicely impressive.
Like most cathedrals we visited in Spain, this one had a nativity displayed (it was still early January).
Many different chapels adorn the side aisles of the church.
|Chapel of St. Sebastian|
|Chapel of St. Raphael|
|Chapel of the Incarnation|
|Chapel of St. Barbara|
|Chapel of St. Francis|
|Chapel of the Sacred Heart|
Over the sacristy door is a fine painting, Feast of the Pharisees, by Flemish artist Miguel Manrique in the 17th century.
|Feast of the Pharisees, Miguel Manrique, 17th c.|
Another impressive painting is The Beheading of St. Paul by Enrique Simonet in 1887. I love how his separated head still has a saintly glow.
|Beheading of St. Paul, Enrique Simonet, 1887|
The Tomb of Archbishop Luis de Torres (who died in 1553) is found in the Chapel of St. Francis. His expectant rest is pretty common for tombs all over Europe. I assume he's waiting anxiously for the resurrection of the body at the end of time!
|Tomb of Archbishop Luis de Torres|
We'll wander around the exterior of the church in our next post!