One Colossal foot / Un pie colosal

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Wednesday, Lulu and I took the train into Málaga and went to the Museum of Málaga. It’s in a grand building that was originally the Customs Palace and is filled with paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and artifacts from Málaga going back from modern times to about 2,000 years ago.

The Museum of Málaga opened in 2016, combining two museums, the Málaga Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. The building, Palacio de la Aduana, was completed in 1829 as the customs house (the name means Customs Palace). It became the royal tobacco factory in the late 19th century. Under Franco, the palace served as the seat of the city council and in the 1980s it became an office for the sub delegation of the Spanish Government in the province of Málaga. By 2004, the National Police headquarters joined the government offices and then the fine arts section of the original Museum of Málaga was stored in the building when its home in the Buenavista Palace was taken over by the Picasso Museum. But, don’t worry, none of this will be on the test. You didn’t know there was a test?

Anyway, we then had lunch and went to the Carmen Thyssen Museum, after which we took a break in their cafe. Lots more pictures and maybe some stories to come. The old photo at top is a 19th-century view of the city with the Customs Palace near the lower left. Note that the building was alongside the Mediterranean Sea at the time. The first photo below is a similar view now.

As we left the train, a strap on one of Lulu’s shoes broke. We stopped at the first shoe store we saw and she bought a new pair of shoes. No problem. At the museum, I found an ancient shoe that I think would fit San Geraldo. But they only had it for the left foot.


El miércoles, Lulu y yo cogimos el tren a Málaga y fuimos al Museo de Málaga. Está en un gran edificio que originalmente fue el Palacio de la Aduana y está lleno de pinturas, esculturas, mosaicos y artefactos de Málaga que se remontan desde los tiempos modernos hasta hace unos 2.000 años.

El Museo de Málaga abrió sus puertas en 2016, combinando dos museos, el Museo Arqueológico de Málaga y el Museo de Bellas Artes. El edificio, Palacio de la Aduana, fue completado en 1829 como la casa de la aduana. Se convirtió en la fábrica real de tabaco a finales del siglo XIX. Durante el franquismo, el palacio sirvió como sede del Ayuntamiento y en la década de 1980 se convirtió en oficina de la subdelegación del Gobierno de España en la provincia de Málaga. En 2004, la sede de la Policía Nacional se unió a las oficinas del gobierno y luego la sección de bellas artes del original Museo de Málaga se almacenó en el edificio cuando su sede en el Palacio de Buenavista fue absorbida por el Museo Picasso. Pero no te preocupes, nada de esto estará en el examen. ¿No sabías que había un examen?

De todos modos, luego almorzamos y fuimos al Museo Carmen Thyssen, después de lo cual tomamos un descanso en su café. Muchas más fotos y tal vez algunas historias por venir. La foto antigua en la parte superior es una vista de la ciudad del siglo XIX con el Palacio de la Aduana cerca de la parte inferior izquierda. Tenga en cuenta que el edificio estaba junto al mar Mediterráneo en ese momento. La primera foto a continuación es una vista similar ahora.

Cuando salimos del tren, se rompió una correa de uno de los zapatos de Lulu. Nos detuvimos en la primera zapatería que vimos y ella compró un nuevo par de zapatos. No hay problema. En el museo encontré un zapato antiguo que creo que le quedaría bien a San Geraldo. Pero solo lo tenían para el pie izquierdo.

• A photo found on the web.
• Una foto encontrada en línea.
• Photo complements of Wikipedia.
• Foto complementos de Wikipedia.
• Colossal votive foot, marble, second half of the 2nd century, for San Geraldo. That’s Lulu in the background. In this sense, “votive” means “given in honor of or to thank a god.” I don’t know who the god was in this case. Maybe the god of big feet.
• Pie votivo colosal, mármol, segunda mitad del siglo II, para San Geraldo. Ella es Lulu en el fondo. En este sentido, “votivo” significa “dado en honor o para agradecer a un dios”. No sé quién era el dios en este caso. Tal vez el dios de los pies grandes.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

20 thoughts on “One Colossal foot / Un pie colosal”

    1. Bob:
      There’s a public market about 10 minutes from the sea. It used to be ON the sea and the fishing boats would pull up along side with fresh fish. I love imagining that.

  1. Wow, it’s amazing how much the coastline has changed. Lots of dredging, I presume? I’m so glad you explained “votive.” That confused me, but now I understand why a votive candle is called that!

    1. Steve:
      I was confused by the use of votive and had to look it up. Lots of dredging and filling. Houses that had been built up the slopes of the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro were used as fill.

  2. That is a beautiful museum and it’s interesting to see that many parts of the city are still visible today. Now go see if you can find the right foot for your hubby. They would look great with his head napkin ensemble.

    If things keep up on blogger, I may move to WordPress. Seems many blogs today aren’t posting my comments. I literally copied my comment on Bob’s blog and posted it 8 times in a row and still it disappears. The only thing is I found WordPress not as user friendly as blogger dashboard and where to find things…and it never let me get my infamous headers that way I like them.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      I now prefer WordPress over Blogger, and at least I can get help when I need it. Never the case with Blogger. But, you’re right, it’s not as intuitive as Blogger and also a lot more complex. I use a banner randomizer that I really like, but the dimensions of the banner are not what you like.

  3. I like big feet, and I cannot lie! I can’t rap either, so I’ll leave it at that. As a natural swimmer myself, I can appreciate a colossal foot. I always wondered what votive meant. Too lazy to look it up. Thanks for the edjumacation, Scoot.

    1. Deedles:
      I am hooked an´ I cannot stop starin´. I didn’t know what votive meant in this case, so I looked it up (because I knew you couldn’t be bothered).

  4. Yet another corner of Malaga we’ve never visited. One day, maybe…

    I didn’t realise how much land had been reclaimed along that seafront! (To create the dual carriageway, botanical gardens and marines, I guess? Jx

    1. Jon:
      The public market used to be on the sea and fishing boats would pull up alongside to sell their fresh catch. Hard to imagine. The coastline changed over the years to reduce erosion and protect the existing city, as well as to create a more useful and beautiful port. The gardens were one of those wise decisions during the redevelopment of the area.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I should have taken more interior shots. It’s glorious, beautifully preserved and adapted, and has a very cool modern addition on top for offices.

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