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Malaga Cathedral

This is the last of the wedding cake cathedrals that we experienced while in Spain. And honestly, we didn’t even know that Málaga had a cathedral until we opened the window of our hotel room and there it was, chiming away.

This mashup of a cathedral was built over a period of 250 years (between 1528 and 1782). It’s design is eclectic and contains a rather random assortment of architectural styles: Renaissance, Late Baroque, and Gothic.

Not only is it visually conflicting, but its also commonly referred to as “La Manquita” or the one armed lady because the south tower is unfinished (as seen in the photo above). The church originally had the money to complete the tower, however for whatever reason it was given away. Inside the church, records say this money was to help support the United States during the American Revolution.

Spain was one of three countries who supported the U.S. against Britian; and, it’s not surprising that the other two were France and the Netherlands — all were colonial/trading powers at the time and at some point at odds with the British Empire.

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