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Málaga was founded by the Phoenicians as Malaka about 770 BC, which make it one of the oldest cities in the world. After a period of Carthaginian rule, it became part of the Roman Empire showing a remarkable degree of development. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it was ruled first by the Visigoths and then by the Byzantine Empire (550-621).
During the 8 centuries of Muslim Arabic domination over Spain, the city became an important trade center and it was one of the Iberian cities where the Muslim rule persisted longest, having part of the Emirate of Granada. Málaga was conquered by Christian forces just five years before the fall of Granada.
In the 19th century, Málaga was one of the two most industrialized cities of Spain. In the second half of XXth century Málaga, Torremolinos, Marbella and the rest of the Costa del Sol enjoyed the highest growth of the tourism sector in Spain.
The archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras make the historic center of the city an “open museum”, displaying its rich history of more than 3,000 years.
Nowadays the most important business sectors in Málaga are tourism, construction and technology services, but other sectors such as transportation and logistics are extended too. The Andalusia Technology Park has enjoyed a relevant growth since its inauguration in 1992.
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