Murcia

Hotels in Murcia

Murcia, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the country, was founded in 825and is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Murcia, one of the autonomous regions that make up Spain. With a population of around 400,000 people, standing on the banks of the Segura rive, Murcia is the 11th-largest metropolitan area of Spain.

Holy Week, that is Easter Week, in Murcia is famous throughout Spain. 18th century life-sized sculptures by Francisco Salzillo are taken out of the museums and carried around the city in extraordinary processions awash with flowers and, at night, candles.

Murcia is also home of the Universidad de Murcia which means that there are a large number of students in the city. There is a large university building and the area around the university has lots of lively bars and restaurants.

There is a great deal of Moorish influence in the city. After the reconquest, the 20 or so mosques in the city were turned into churches. The Cathedral, whose construction started in 1388, took four centuries to complete. The ninety- six meter tower with is twenty- five bells, can be seen high above the city from miles around.

The Bishop's Palace, near the Cathedral. Dates from 1748. It has two striking facades, a central courtyard, main staircase, Bishop’s Balcony (known as “El Martillo”) and Palace chapel.

The Casino is a 19th century building with an amazing palatial interior. It contains a splendid library, the Lady’s Powder Room, a magnificent Moorish patio and a neo-baroque Ballroom.

The Convent Church of Santa Ana is 18th century and is the third church to be built on this site, the original being1490. As a bonus, if you visit, the Sisters of the Enclosed Order sell freshly - baked cakes

The Church of San Miguel also stands on the site of an earlier church. The Almudi dates dating from 1602, was originally the storage place for corn collected as tithes. It now houses the art centre and city archives.

The best of the museums is the Salzillo Museum, where the dramatic, life-size wood sculptues of the 18th century Murcian sculptor, Francisco Salzillo, are housed. Also worth taking in are the Murcia City Museum, Fine Arts Museum, Science and Water Museum, Ramón Gaya Museum Archeological Museum and the bullfighting museum.

The Romea Theatre - named after the famous local actor, Julian Romea is found at the northern end of the Arab city wall.

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