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Coat of arms of Macharaviaya
Coat of arms
Macharaviaya is located in Spain
Location in Spain.
Coordinates: 36°45′N 4°12′W / 36.750°N 4.200°W / 36.750; -4.200
Country Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
Province Málaga
Comarca La Axarquía
 • Mayor Antonio Campos Garín
 • Total 7.24 km2 (2.80 sq mi)
Elevation 185 m (607 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 519
 • Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Macharatungo, Macharatunga
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website (in Spanish)

Macharaviaya is a municipality in the province of Málaga in the mountains of the autonomous community of Andalusia in the south of Spain. It is located in the comarca of La Axarquía.

The village was built upon the ruins of an old Moorish settlement. Its name is derived from Andalusian Arabic Machxar Abu Yahya, meaning "Abu Yahya's Court". It was the home of the noble Gálvez family, whose descendant Matías de Gálvez y Gallardo had been the viceroy of New Spain. His son Bernardo, who was born in the village, became Governor of Louisiana and captured Baton Rouge, Mobile and Pensacola from the British during the American Revolution. The historical centre of the village has a preservation order on it. Some Spanish and foreign artists, ceramicists, painters and writers live among the villagers.

Every year in August, Macharaviaya hosts a festival honoring the patron saint of the village, Bernard of Clairvaux.

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of San Jacinto
  • Templete de los Gálvez
  • Iglesia mudejar, a local church in Benaque, its tower is the minaret of a former mosque
  • Museo de Gálvez

Twin towns[edit]

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