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Malaga: An Open Museum

Mediterranean Climate
Credit: Flickr / Fabi-DE / CC BY-SA 2.0

Malaga, a Spanish city with subtropical–Mediterranean climate has a history that spans about more than 3000 years! Founded by the Phoenicians, is famous as one of the oldest cities in the world.

Initially known as Makaka and pronounced as Malaya, Malaga was under the rule of the Ancient Carthage from the 6th century BC. Then from 218 BC, it was under the power of the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire. After the fall of the Roman Empire, it was under Islamic Arab domination for about 800 years, but in 1487 it came under the dominance of the Spaniards.

All those emperors who ruled Malaga have left their traces of treasure in the form of archaeological wealth in the city. Remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian era have metamorphosised the city centre into the historic "open museum”.

This ancient treasure and rich culture played a pivotal role in culminating the nomination of Malaga as a candidate for ‘2016 European Capital of Culture’.

‘European Capital of Culture’ is a city that gets designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year. During this period, the city designated ‘European Capital of Culture’ organises various events that show the European culture.

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