Cathedral of Santa Maria

Murcia, city ​​of palaces

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The Murcia region is known in Spanish territory for its exquisite and valued garden and for the many monuments that it treasures in the city that gives its name to the capital of the region and has also become a benchmark for both adults and young people when visiting the city for the diversity and variety of monuments what to visit Y its attractive healthy gastronomy. Murcia treasures up 109 palaces and then we will highlight the most important.

Cathedral of Santa Maria

Cathedral of Santa Maria

Cathedral of Santa Maria

Definitely, the great attraction of the city has had a name and surname for many years: Cathedral of Santa Maria. Located in the historic center of the city, in the Plaza de Belluga, This emblematic building began to be built on a mosque in the 14th century and it was finished with its famous tower in the 18th century and that is why it has different arts such as Gothic, baroque and renaissance.

Its facade is mainly Baroque since it was a masterpiece of the Spanish Levantine Baroque and the interior of the cathedral is of Gothic art, where the Capilla de los Vélez and the Capilla de Junterones stand out from a total of twenty-three. The Cathedral has a renovated museum (Murcia Cathedral Museum) in the building that was once the cloister and in which the cathedral treasure is exhibited.

Episcopal palace

Episcopal palace

Episcopal palace

Without moving from this beautiful and well-known square, is the Episcopal Palace. It was built in the 18th century and today it is one of the most important monuments of the monumental heritage of the city of Murcia.. It is an Asset of Cultural Interest since 1992. The Episcopal Palace is a magnificent example of the Rococo style, square plan, between Italian and French of sober volumes and delicate decorative grace evident in its beautiful covers.

Continuing in the historic center of the city of Murcia, one of the most important monuments in Murcia is the Monastery of Santa Clara la Real, built between the 15th and 18th centuries and inside which are the remains of al-Qasr al-Sagir (Alcázar Follow), a 13th century Arab palace from which the pool has been recovered, the flowerbeds and part of the north hall (can be visited through the Santa Clara Museum), also highlighting a final gothic cloister.

Interior of the Episcopal Palace

Interior of the Episcopal Palace

Throughout the old town there are numerous churches or monastic complexes of great value. In addition to the Gothic buildings already mentioned, such as the Cathedral or the Monastery of Santa Clara, highlights the old Hermitage of the Steps of Santiago, with Mudejar coffered ceiling.

Palace of San Esteban and numerous churches

Palace of San Esteban

Palace of San Esteban

From the Renaissance period in Murcia, the Colegio de San Esteban stands out, first Jesuit college in Spain started in 1555 and current headquarters of the regional government under the name of Palacio de San Esteban, of which its church and cloister stand out. From the early seventeenth century we find the Church of San Pedro and the cloister of the old Convent of La Merced.

Within the Murcian Baroque developed mainly during the 18th century, It should be noted from the first examples of the late seventeenth century and the beginning of the next century such as the Church of San Miguel, the Convent of the Agustinas del Corpus Christi or the churches of the aforementioned convents of La Merced, Santo Domingo or Santa Ana; until later Rococo-influenced churches (after the impact of the works on the main facade of the Cathedral in the city) like Carmen, Saint Nicholas of Bari, Saint Eulalia and Saint John of God.

Neoclassical trends came to the city at the hands of the Church of San Juan Bautista, in addition to the churches of San Lorenzo and San Bartolomé, entering these last two in the nineteenth century, completing San Bartolomé with historicist facade and nave.

With everything, the numerous visits to these monuments can be accompanied by a good lunch or dinner in one of the city's leading restaurants, Scorching restaurant Canovas, specialists in grilled meat from both yearling veal and Iberian field bait pork where you can enjoy a good barbecue of meat and typical rice dishes from the Murcia region.

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