Since 1842, this obelisk has stood in the middle of Plaza de la Merced. The Monument to Torrijos is a tribute to General José María Torrijos. While leading a resistance against the tyranny of Ferdinand VII, he and his followers were ambushed by the trickery of Málaga’s governor in December of 1831. General Torrijos plus other members of The Liberals were captured and then executed by firing squad without trial on San Andres Beach. The bodies of 48 men are buried below the monument. Their names are listed on the brass plaques.