An astonishing monument, this cathedral mixing three styles - Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic.
Its facade and bell tower are absolutely impressive.
Its richness is due to the several centuries that lasted its construction - started in 1394 it was only finished in 1791, with the successive styles joining the construction in perfect harmony.
This church built in the transition from the 15th to the 16th centuries was demystified, and it is now used for exhibitions of art, mainly Baroque altarpieces and images, its visit being conditioned by that use.
As many other in Spain and Portugal, this Catholic church replaced a muslim mosque in the 13th century, however, the actual building was started in the 17th and finished in the 18th centuries. That's, maybe, the reason why it mixes Renaissance details with Baroque, with a rich interior.
Close to the river, a market built in the beginning of last century keeps being used, with important role in local distribution. Vegetables, fish and meat are regularly sold, in a place where some works in 1975 to improve the inner conditions didn't harm its Modernist look
The old Arab Alcazaba was a palace by the river, strategically located out of the centre to easy the escape, if needed. In 1266 it was conquered by the Christians, but the palace remained until 1500. After that, large transformation gave place to a large rectangular square, limited by City Hall and the Archbishop's palace. Too statues and lots of flowers give the place a nice and colourful look.
Lining Segura river, Glorieta, a rectangular and flourished square, with Belluga cardinal's statue, is backed by the beautiful building of City Hall, with the palace of the archbishop closing one of the tops. With a Neoclassic facade, the palace was built in 1848.
Giving name to one of the most beautiful squares in Murcia, Sainte Catalina church is one of the oldest in town. It was built in the 16th century, from a Muslim mosque, in Mudejar, a compromise between muslim and occidental architecture. Some other nice elements compose this historic square, with evidence to Ramon Gaya museum and La Union and Fenix monument.
In Cardenal Belluga square, next to the cathedral stands the Episcopal Palace.
It is a must in the architecture of the 18th century in Murcia. Several expert from other cathedrals collaborated in its construction.
It is made up of two joined buildings, the so called Martillo (hammer) and the main body, clearly influenced by Italian Manerism.
The balcony doors of the facade reproduce the architectural solutions of Michelangelo for the Farnese Palace, in Rome.
The most interesting streets in Murcia are calle de Traperia and calle de Plateria, at its side. Starting (ending for me) in the cathedral, they define a pedestrian area with lots of monuments and commerce, fairly representing the centre of town. .
- Former (18th century).
Close to the cathedral, and next door to the Church of San Juan de Dios, the former San Fulgencio Seminary, built in the 18th century, was recently restored and now is the home of a secondary school. The main façade gives public access to the cloisters.
Built between 1728 and 1738, this is the third church to be raised on the site of the convent founded in 1490. Several artists worked in it, but the most uncommon detail is the selling of freshly- baked cakes by the Sisters of the Enclosed Order, through a revolving hatch, that I couldn't confirm locally.
Flanked by the Malecon, a 15 Km long walkway three meters above the ground to protect the city from flooding, the river is a landmark, with several natural and artificial interesting details - at least in the central part of it.
The Royal Casino in Murcia is a precious building in Arab style, carefully recovered in 2009. It is something not to be missed, even you decide not to risk a euro in the slot machines as I did. I surely recommend you to read the detailed information following the link indicated below.
If we forget the cathedral, the most beautiful place in Murcia is this square. With a very rich history, is is surrunded by wonderful constructions, from the chuech with the same name, to Almodovar palace, Banco Central, casa Cerdà and more. Decorating the square a small monumento celebrates the human rights.
One of the most important monuments in Murcia is this monastery, coming from the 14th century. Built in location of a former Muslim alcazar, the remains where preserved, adding Muslim details to a Gothic cloister and a Baroque church.
Nowadays it houses also the museum of Santa Clara.