Malaga History, Spain
Malaga, History – Early Times
Malaga History is one full of events, being influenced by the large number of nations that either passed by or conquered this amazing nation, influencing thus its evolution and mentality. The first name of Malaga has been Malaka, which means a fish salting place. At the beginning, the city fell under the Greek domination, then it was conquered by the Carthaginians and in the end, once with the Punic Wars, Malaga, just like many other cities in the region was ruled by the Romans. Thus, it became an important are of connection between the Roman cities and the harbors of the Mediterranean Sea. Once with the end of the Roman domination, Malaga was conquered by German tribes and the Arabs that invaded the Iberian Peninsula. This represented the moment when this amazing city began to develop, turning into the flourishing town it is today.
Malaga, History – Middle Times
Because of its rapid evolution, Malaga began to draw the attention of many powerful nations. Thus, in the 14th century the first attempts of conquer took place, but it is not until the 15th century that the Catholic rulers managed to do it. The period to follow is one of pain and turmoil in Malaga History. Besides the departure of the Moors that helped to the conversion to Christianity, Malaga had to face the terrible epidemics and floods that affected the harvest, influencing the number of population that decreased drastically. During the 17th century, the main focus of the municipality became the harbor, which was first rebuilt and then extended.
Malaga, History – Recent Times
In the 19th century Malaga went through a flourishing period, due to the important urban development that took place. The city was divided into two: the industrial and the residential part, each with its own specific buildings and characteristics. With the beginning of the 20th century, the city turned into the prosperous tourist destination it is today. Thus, Malaga became the 5th city of importance in Spain and one of the most modern places in Europe, due to the diversity and mixture of cultures.
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- La Alcazaba
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La Alcazaba is the best preserved Moorish fortification in Spain. It is in very good state and a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. It was built in the 11the century and is located on the top of the hill with a great view over...
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