Residents request historic Islamic treasure be opened to the public

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Residents request historic Islamic treasure be opened to the public
Malaga has many historical remains from Al Andalus

MALAGA residents have requested the opening of the largest necropolis of Islamic Spain, which is hidden beneath a building in Malaga.

Malaga had its own cemetery in the time of Al-Andalus which was uncovered in the 1980s when work was being carried out to create a car park for an apartment building.

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The archaeological treasure was prepared for opening to the public, but it was never inaugurated and remains closed. There is a complete museum ready for the public to discover what is known as Yabal Faruh, with nothing missing but the inauguration plaque, 15 years later.

The burial ground covers an approximate area of 230,000m2, and a residents’ association in the area has sent a letter to the Development and Culture Department of the Junta de Andalucia. According to a report in National Spanish media source, NIUS, the President of the association has requested that the site be opened to the public, as it could be a positive move for residents and business owners in the area.

It contains the only two funerary mosques known to date in Islamic Spain and part of a mausoleum, funerary oratories, the President said.


They are hopeful that the Junta de Andalucia will give them a response, as the Junta and the city council have been going back and forth for years trying to decide who the museum belongs to.


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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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