Malaga has an enormous amount of places to visit, but surely a visit to a cemetery wouldn’t even cross our minds during our stay…a cemetery isn’t exactly a touristy place, and we generally wish not to have to visit one while we’re alive…however, in Malaga we’ll find, not one, but two cemeteries that are well worth a visit as they’re declared cultural value.
Cementerio del Inglés (Englishman’s Cemetery)
It’s the oldest protestant cemetery in Spain and also known as the ‘cementerio de San Jorge’ (St. George’s cemetery), built as from the year 1821 for the British merchants that arrived at Malaga willing to make a fortune, and the truth is that Malaga had great commercial importance in the 19th century.
Many of the English merchants that arrived to the province were protestants, and back then, most of those burials as they weren’t catholic, were done on the beach at night. This situation remained until 1824, with the arrival of William Mark, the new British consul, when they began the construction by the sea of what we currently know as the Englishman’s Cemetery (Cementerio del Inglés).
In first place, we must highlight the cemetery’s first patio that has a great monument dedicated to the family of the British consul. If we continue walking and we reach the the second terrace, we will come to a funerary monument in honour to the marines of the Fragata Gneisenau, a ship that sank just off the Malaga coasts around the year 1900 and the remains of the poet Jorgue Guillen.
In the area of the primitive cemetery we’ll find the oldest graves covered with shells. One of the first graves there belonged to Robert Boyd, a young man that was executed on the beaches of Malaga in 1831 for defending and participating economically in the defence of freedom. In that same area of the cemetery we’ll also find the remains of the British writer Gerald Brenan and his wife.
The entrance is free, but we do recommend you leave a donation to support the cemetery’s maintenance. There are guided visits during the day and at night that began to be offered not long ago.
Today, this cemetery is also a botanical garden, although the thing that most draws our attention is the amount of old and artistic graves that we’ll find there, with different styles from the neo-gothic to the modernist.
To know more about the english cementery: http://www.cementerioinglesmalaga.org/en/
Planned as a small typical Andalusian town, the cemetery of Casabermeja is built with its streets and squares.
Declared as cultural interest and built during the 18th century, it’s undoubtedly worth a visit to explore its white narrow streets.
This is yet another aspect of Malaga and its history that not everybody knows about.