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Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the gateway to the Costa del Sol, originally named 'Malaka' by the Phoenicians. Malaga was rich in metals such as silver and copper, and grew to become an important commercial center. Around 550 B.C. the Carthaginian's took control of the town followed in 218BC by the Romans who included Malaga under 'Hispania Ulterior of Roman Empire'.
Malaga witnessed an economical and cultural revolution under Roman occupation, with construction of the Roman Amphitheatre in 202BC and the Port of Malaga, under the rule of Emperor Tito it's importance continued , with the city adapting well to the Roman lifestyle.
Visigoth tribes took control of the town, after the fall of the Roman Empire, in turn ousted by the Moors who held control of the city until 1487. The Catholic Monarchs (los Reyes Católicos) Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon, captured the city from the Moors, transforming Malaga into a Christian town, constructing churches and destroying Moorish structures.
Much of Malaga has been destroyed and rebuilt over time, leaving little evidence of Roman and Moorish occupation, with the notable exception of Alcazaba, Gibralfaro and the Roman Theater.

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