Jewish Heritage in Spain and Portugal

Málaga (S)

City Profile Málaga, SpainThe Phoenician city of Malaka, founded in about 1000 B. C. E., was one of the earliest Jewish settlements on the Iberian Peninsula. When Muslim Granada was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs, the Muslim population was allowed to stay in the city; the Jews, however, were taken prisoner and sent to Malaga to be sold in the Mediterranean markets as slaves.

Modern-day Malaga, capital of the Costa del Sol, is now perhaps best known for its beaches, but its 3000-year history can be seen in its many archeological sites, including its Roman amphitheatre and Alcazaba, the 11th-century Muslim fortress overlooking the city.

Malaga’s most famous cultural attraction is its Picasso Museum, which was opened in 2003 in the Palacio de Buenavista, a 16th-century building in the historic center of the city. The museum was created in response to the artist’s wish that his work be exhibited in the city where he was born. The collection consists primarily of works donated by Picasso’s own family, and comprehends his entire career, from 1895 through the 1970s.


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