—The East Coast's History

Apart from the idyllic image of leisure and relax, the east coast of Maiaga has other wealth: its history. Part of this history is inside Cuevas de Nerja, the most famous archaeological site of the area. It was known as the cathedral of the history. The legacy comes from the superior Palaeolithic age. It features twenty-two cave paintings. This fact made it become national historic-artistic monument. One of the guides still remembers the day when he discovered those caves while he was running after bats. This is an outstanding place where some music, dance and flamenco festivals take piace, There are more caves kept as a treasure. Enclosed by rocks there are more cave paintings and other objects from the Palaeolithic age in Cueva del Higueron, located in La Cala del Moral, inside the municipaiity of Rincon de ia Victoria. A valuable place known as Cueva del Tesoro. Close to this cave, there is another cave called Cueva de la Victoria where there are remains from the Bronze Age. That iand has been eyewitness of other people remains. The Roman Empire built. God thanks, complete towns not difficult to find. The remains in El Faro de Torrox are dear evidence of that. Remains of buildings, necropolis, and thermal baths show us the normal life of the population of the 1st century. Although the popuiar belief, the historical value of Nerja is not only in the caves but also in the Roman remains. Detunda is an evidence of an old town located today in the village of Maro. There are some remains such as the Roman road SexiCaviclum in the cliff of Maro. The Church El Salvador was buitt in that town during the 17th century following baroque and mudejar style. It was refurbished short time ago. Another baroque church ciose to that one is the church La Encarnacion in Torrox, It was built with stones in the 16th century over the old mosque. The Muslim civilization also left remains in that land that are located m towns such as Torrox and Velez-Malaga. They are on the plan of the hilly narrow streets. In Rincon de la Victoria there are some remains of the settlement of Bezmiliana from the 12th century. In this place was built the castle Casa Fuerte, a defensive structure of the 18th century. This fort has been recently refurbished for cultural purposes Other similar fort is Castillo de Velez, built in the 13th century today only the tower Torre del Homenaje stands there. In those coastai areas the rebellion of moriscos was also important as well as the later expulsion by the Catholic Monarchs. Those rejected people left a legacy easy to be seen in some buiidings as La Ermita de Nuestra Senora de las Nieves in Torrox. Built in the 16th century following the mudejar style as well as the church Santa Maria la Mayor in Velez-Malaga. That one was a mosque during the Muslim occupation Spots close to the beach where we still notice the breath of past cultures

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