Churches of Malaga.
A small selection of ‘must see’ Catholic Churches in the city centre.
- Iglesia del Sagrario
- Iglesia de los Mártires
- Iglesia San Juan Bautista
- Iglesia San Julian
- Iglesia Santo Cristo de la Salud
- Iglesia de Santiago
- Iglesia Sagrado Corazón
- Cathedral of Malaga
Roman Catholicism in Spain.
The Spanish Catholic Church, part of the global Roman Catholic Church, is under the spiritual leadership of the Pope, curia in Rome, and the Conference of Spanish Bishops.
After 410 AD, Spain was taken over by the Visigoths who had been converted to Arian Christianity around 360. From the 5th to the 7th century, about thirty synods, were held at Toledo to regulate and standardize matters of discipline, decreed uniformity of liturgy throughout the kingdom. Medieval Spain was the scene of almost constant warfare between Muslims and Christians. The Almohads, who had taken control of the Almoravids’ Maghrebi and Andalusian territories by 1147, far surpassed the Almoravids in Islamic fundamentalism, and they treated the non-Muslim ‘dhimmis’ harshly. Faced with the choice of death, conversion, or emigration, many Jews and Christians left.
The Reconquista was the long process by which the Catholics reconquered Spain from Muslims by 1492. The Spanish Inquisition was established in 1478 to complete the religious purification of the Iberian Peninsula. In the centuries that followed, Spain saw itself as the bulwark of Catholicism and doctrinal purity.