Cartama Monuments and Museums
There are three main monuments in the town of Cartama: La Ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, remnants of the Moorish castle, and the Church of Saint Peter the Apostle. You'll also find a museum in town devoted to La Virgen de los Remedios.
Here are some of the things you might want to know about these Cartama monuments and museums:
La Ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios - The town's patron saint, La Virgen de los Remedios, is venerated by all locals. In fact, the most important event in town, which is held every April 22, is a fiesta (feast day) dedicated to honor her. The chapel in the ermita (hermitage) is the home of her image during the entire year.
On April 22, the locals perform a pilgrimage wherein they walk - some even on their knees - uphill to the hermitage. They then bear the image of The Virgin and bring it down to the streets of Cartama, stopping at the doors of the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, where it is to stay during the entire fiesta.
Moorish Castle - One of the few castles in Malaga that still has a facade (albeit ruined) which you can make out as an old fortress, Cartama's Moorish castle was built to protect Malaga (the provincial capital) from intruders.
Back during the time of the Romans, when the predecessor of the Moorish castle was first constructed, the river banks of rio Guadalhorce near the town was still reachable by boat. That made it a perfect jump-off point for any invasion directed at Malaga. The castle was erected to serve as a critical line of defense.
Church of Saint Peter the Apostle - This religious structure was built on top of an old mosque after the Catholic Monarchs captured the town and evicted its Muslim residents. Built in 1502, an inscription on the church's outer walls states just that. The church plays an important role during the town's main feast every April 22. It is where the image of the town's patron saint is housed during the festivities.