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Málaga, Spain

Crypt of Santa Maria de la Victoria

Bold black and white motifs of life and death add a dramatic flair to this 17th-century crypt. 

Just outside the historic district of Malaga, the Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria houses an extraordinary little crypt, decorated top to bottom with playfully macabre figures of skeletons and cherubs.

Built on the site where King Ferdinand re-captured the city in 1487, the building we see dates to the late 17th century. Also known as the Pantheon of the Counts of Buenavista, the walls of the crypt are decorated in an usually dramatic white-on-black baroque plasterwork style, giving the room an intense sense of the dramatic.

 

Know Before You Go

Entrance at the Garden Side of the Santuary. Tour guide (the only way to visit the Crypt and the Heavenly Tower) from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 13:00, being subject to some exceptions depending on church celebrations (mostly on Saturdays) such as baptisms, first communions, weddings, etc. Days celebrating special dates, Day of the Immaculate conception, Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, etc. are also excluded.