Costa del Sol has lots of monuments and interesting areas to be visited. But there is a building in Benalmádena, which leaves nobody indifferent. We are talking about the Castillo de Colomares, one of the main touristic attractions of the city. The Castle is an tribute to Cristóbal Colón and the discovery of America, and hides among its walls a very unknown secret: the smallest church in the world.
An architecture's styles mix
This work was designed by Esteban Martín between 1987 and 1994 as a symbol of the cultural exchange, which came after the discovery of America in 1492. The building is the perfect architectural styles’ mix represented in Spain along its history (Romanesque, Gothic, Mudejar...) and makes reference to the three Middle Age cultures which were present in our country: Christian, Judaic and Islamic. We can also find structures, such as a pagoda, an architectural element of the Asiatic culture, as a symbol of the real ambitions of Colon in this first trip: to arrive in China and Japan to do business with the spices. In some way, it is a History book, told through the architecture.
The smallest church in the world
Inside this building, there is, as Guinness Book says, the smallest church in the world. With only 1,96 m2 large, it's difficult to celebrate a Mass there. The tiny temple is a tribute to Saint Isabel of Hungary, saint patron of the Teutonic Knights, who dedicated her life to help the harmed people.
A must visit
To visit the Castillo de Colomares is a must for all those visitors who love architecture and wish to see something different. It has also amazing views of Benalmádena's coast from there.