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Neighbourhoods and their brotherhoods

Neighbourhoods and their brotherhoods

Neighbourhoods and their brotherhoods

The true essence of a confraternity is manifested in its neighbourhoods, where it coexists with its people. Neighbours, brothers and devotees flock to the churches to pay homage to their sacred images. Málaga hosts a diversity of historic and contemporary neighbourhoods that bring Easter to life in a unique way, historic neighbourhoods linked to religious orders, such as El Perchel, La Trinidad, La Victoria or Capuchinos; and new areas, such as La Malagueta, Nueva Málaga or La Cruz de Humilladero.

When defining the brotherhoods in the neighbourhoods, a special feature of Easter should be taken into account: the brotherhood houses. Some brotherhoods, although their images are worshipped in their church, may carry out their procession from a brotherhood house which is usually close to the headquarters or in another neighbourhood or area. For example, the brotherhoods of El Huerto, Los Gitanos or La Pollinica.


Across the Guadalmedina River, El Perchel is the neighbourhood with the largest number of confraternities in the city. Originally a unitary group with strong seafaring origins, the extensive urban reform that has taken place divides the neighbourhood into Perchel Norte and Perchel Sur, the natural separation of the former Dominican and Carmelite convents, respectively.

In El Perchel Norte, the main parish church is Santo Domingo, home to brotherhoods such as La Estrella, Mena, Los Dolores del Puente and La Sagrada Cena. This was also the seat of La Esperanza, which built its own church nearby in 1988, upgraded to a minor basilica in 1998. This is also the site of the Huerto brotherhood house, from where the processions depart, although the images remain in the church of the Santos Mártires throughout the year.

El Perchel Sur is identified by the parishes of San Pedro and El Carmen. The former is home to the archconfraternity of La Expiración, while the latter is home to the confraternity of La Misericordia.


La Trinidad is to the north of El Perchel, on the west bank of the Guadalmedina River, and is another of the city's historic neighbourhoods. Although its origins are linked to the development of the convent of La Trinidad, its brotherhood epicentre is to be found in the parish of San Pablo, where the images of brotherhoods such as El Cautivo, La Salud and La Soledad de San Pablo are venerated.

The frontier between La Trinidad and El Perchel is drawn by the old Camino de Antequera, now Calle Mármoles and Calle Martínez Maldonado. There used to be chapels and shrines here at the exit of the urban areas, such as the hermitage of Zamarrilla, which has been historically contested by Percheleros and Trinitarians.


The La Victoria neighbourhood joins the historic centre to the area where the Catholic Monarchs settled before entering Málaga in 1487, and later to the convent of Los Mínimos, whose church is today the sanctuary and basilica of the Virgen de la Victoria, patron saint of the city. This Baroque temple is also home to Easter brotherhoods, such as El Amor and Ecce Homo.

In addition, the district of La Victoria has three special hermitages: Monte Calvario, the hermitage of San Lázaro in the Plaza de la Victoria, and the chapel in Calle Agua, home to the El Rescate brotherhood.
There are other historic sites in the vicinity of La Victoria, such as La Merced, La Cruz Verde, where the brotherhoods of La Sentencia and Los Gitanos leave from, and Las Lagunillas.


This neighbourhood lies on another headland opposite La Victoria and takes its name from the convent of the Franciscan friars, which was established in the church of the Divina Pastora. Today, this church is the headquarters of confraternities such as the Dulce Nombre and the Prendimiento. Close by is the sanctuary of María Auxiliadora, home to the confraternity of the Salesians.

Capuchinos is associated with other very fraternal neighbourhoods, such as El Ejido, which is home to the church of El Buen Pastor, headquarters of the brotherhood of the Crucifixión, and from where the brotherhood of El Prendimiento also departs.

Another neighbourhood in the area is Cruz del Molinillo. This is where the church of San Felipe is found, which is home to the Servitas order and the brotherhoods of Salutación, Santa Cruz and La Sangre. The Pollinica also departs from this neighbourhood, although its images are housed in the church of San Agustín. In addition, the chapel of the Cruz del Molinillo is home to the Virgen de la Piedad.


New brotherhoods have emerged and have led to the participation of more modern neighbourhoods in Málaga's Easter celebrations. Neighbourhoods such as La Malagueta, with its Hospital Noble and its chapel, is home to the brotherhood of El Descendimiento.

In addition, neighbourhoods such as Nueva Málaga, Huelin and Cruz de Humilladero have confraternities that temporarily leave their neighbourhoods to tour the city centre. These include Nueva Esperanza, Mediadora and Humildad y Paciencia, which reside in modern churches such as Santa Ana and San Joaquín, San Patricio and San Vicente de Paul, respectively.


While the historic centre is nowadays considered a single area, it was once divided into small neighbourhoods or suburbs associated with specific parishes. The church of Los Mártires, which houses the brotherhoods of Pasión, Gitanos and El Huerto, is located in this area. In addition, the chapels that serve as the headquarters of the brotherhoods of Las Penas, Viñeros and La Paloma can be found in the surrounding area. The churches of San Julián, home to the Agrupación de Cofradías, and the Santo Cristo de la Salud, home of the Estudiantes, also deserve special mention.

Heading south is the parish church of San Juan, home to the Cofradías Fusionadas and the Dolores de San Juan. The church of Santiago is close to the Cathedral and the Plaza de la Merced, where the Sentencia and Jesús 'El Rico' have their canonical seat. The Abadía del Císter, home to the brotherhood of the Santo Sepulcro, whose brotherhood house is located opposite the Roman Theatre, together with that of Los Estudiantes, is also in this area.


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