Magnificent Murcia!

Murcia is a university city in southeastern Spain and the capital of a region also named Murcia. Plaza Cardenal Belluga is the city’s architectural showpiece, where the ornate cathedral, with its mash-up of styles from Gothic to baroque, and the colorful 18th-century Palacio Episcopal stand in striking contrast to the modern 1990s Ayuntamiento annex by architect Rafael Moneo.

Murcia Cathedral

The city’s cathedral has a big medley of architectural styles, but it’s the baroque additions in the 17th and 18th centuries that really catch the eye.The main baroque facade on Plaza del Cardenal Belluga is breathtakingly grand, with its bold columns and beautiful sculpture of the Virgin Mary with archangel above the main portal.Inside you’ll step past numerous lavish chapels, but seek out the tomb of King Alfonso X of Castile.And don’t forget the bell-tower: At 93 metres it’s the second-tallest in Spain and took more than 250 years to complete.

Romea Theatre

Romea theatre comes with a history of about 150 years opened in the year 1862. Teatro Romea was named after the leading actor Julian Romea. It is a museum with an excellent exhibition on display. Until 1868, Romea Theatre was actually known as ‘Theatro de los Infante’. The building of the theatre is a remarkable specimen of Roman architecture. This well maintained beauty is blessed with great natural actors. As a side note it has a gift shop and a little safe around it.

Santa Clara la Real Convent Museum

This historic convent is still in use, right in the middle of the city, on Gran Vía Alfonso X el Sabio.So when you visit you can only see about a quarter of the complex, but that’s more than enough to show you what an intriguing and beautiful place this is.It was built in the 1300s over what had been Murcia’s Moorish Alcazar. So here are a lot of decorative Arab elements like horseshoe arches integrated into the design of the convent and displayed at the museum where expertly-crafted wood and plaster decorations are showcased.

Coffee on the Plaza

Not far from the cathedral you’ll find the city’s most beautiful square, Plaza de las Flores. It got its name from its many florists’ shops, which are still in business today. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee, do a bit of people-watching and check out the Art Nouveau townhouses. One of the most beautiful is the Edificio de Tejidos Abad, with its striking white bay windows.

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