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Santa María de la Victoria

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Santa María de la Victoria

Santa María de la Victoria

 

Rosario de la Aurora, Virgen de la Victoria

Pope Pius IX declared Santa Maria de la Victoria the main patron saint of Málaga and the diocese on 8 December 1867 although her cult had already long been widespread throughout the city. The image, a gift from Emperor Maximilian I to King Ferdinand the Catholic, was kept in the private chapel of the king during the siege of the city. Once Málaga had been conquered, a sanctuary was built at the place where the camp had stood and the image was placed there. Santa Maria de la Victoria was canonically crowned by the papal nuncio on 8 February 1943.

Her feast is celebrated on 8 September. Because of this, on the morning of the last Sunday in August, the Virgen de la Victoria is moved from her shrine to the Cathedral where a novena is held in her honour. Finally, on her feast day, a Mass takes place in the most important temple of the diocese and then a floral offering is made in front of the main façade of the Cathedral while groups dance and sing traditional songs from Málaga. In the afternoon, the image returns in a procession to the temple accompanied by the city authorities the brotherhoods, sisterhoods, clergy and thousands of locals and visitors.