weather Mild in the winter and hot in the summer. We can have more than 300 sunny days a year, with very little rain.
Monuments Cathedral Monastery of the Jerónimos The Town hall Casino Salzillo Museum Museum of Fine Arts Archaeological museum Museum of the City Hydraulic museum Romea Theatre Auditorium and Congress Centre Monastery of Santa Clara Sanctuary of the Fuensanta
Cathedral of Murcia Construction started in 1394 and finished in 1467, although is was added to until 18th c. Construction started in 1394 and finished in 1467, although is was added to until 18th c. Gothic, renaissance and baroque style. Gothic, renaissance and baroque style. Its faÇade is considered the best sample of Spanish baroque. Its faÇade is considered the best sample of Spanish baroque.
IIIIt took more than 200 years to build. IIIIt is 90 metres high (95 with the weather vane ) IIIIt has 25 bells from 17th and 18th c. Bell Tower
Los Vélez’s Chapel Gothic style. Its dome is starlike
Casino Built in the middle of the 19th c. Its main faÇade is an eclectic style with classical and modern features.
HALL and GALLERY Inspired by the royal rooms in The Alhambra and The Alcázar in Seville. Covered by a glass dome. It connects all the rooms in the Casino.
Pompeyan Patio Neoclassical style, surrounded by 14 columns, decorated in the middle by a beautiful statue “Venus” by José Planes. Neobaroque, finished in 1875. T TT The paintings on the ceiling represent Music, Sculpture, Painting and Arquitecture. Also these famous people from Murcia are represented: Romea, Salzillo, Floridablanca y Villacís. Ball Room
Women’s Dressing Room Elegant little room in which on the ceiling we can find paintings showing the allegory of the night represented by the goddess Selene. The winged woman’s eyes follow you around the room.
Salzillo Museum Dedicated to the Murcian sculptor Francisco Salzillo. Founded in 1960 and refurbished in 2002. It contains: –T–The images of the brotherhood of Our Father Jesus created in 1600. –T–The Riquelme collection, best known as “Belén de Salzillo” (nativity scene) with 556 figures.
La última cena Los azotes La oración en el huerto El prendimiento
Nativity Scene Figures Ángel Niño JesúsVirgen MaríaSan José Cortejo de Reyes
Fine Arts Museum Built in 1910 above the former Trinidad Convent from 16th c. Sculpture and regional and national painting from the 16th c. until present.
Arqueological Museum Built in 1864, known as Culture House. Arqueology of Murcia from the Eneolitic until The Middle Ages.
City Museum Founded in the former Palace of Junteron (16th c.), in Los López-Ferrer’s house. There is an orchard at the back of the house of hispanomuslim origin, watered by the Caravija canal. It shows 2,000 years of the history of the city, from the first prehistoric settlements until 21st c.
Hydraulic Museum Located in the area of historic-artístic interest called los Molinos del Río Segura It contains the biggest mill stones in Spain, with all the machinery and tools used for grinding grain.
Romea Theatre Inaugurated by Queen Isabel II in 1862 Inaugurated by Queen Isabel II in 1862 Its façade is in a neoclassical style, with modern details in the entrance. Above there are three statues of Beethoven, Mozart and Liszt. Its façade is in a neoclassical style, with modern details in the entrance. Above there are three statues of Beethoven, Mozart and Liszt. It has a capacity of 1179 people It has a capacity of 1179 people The main room has a classic Greco-Roman style The main room has a classic Greco-Roman style
Auditorium and Congress Centre Built in 1995 The Narciso Yepes room has a capacity for 1838 people Narciso Yepes room
The Royal Monastery of Santa Clara Constructed above the remains of the Alcazar from the 13c, where the last Murcian muslim kings lived. Highlights: – B– B– B– Barroque church from the 18th c. –S–S–S–Sacred art museum with sculptures by Salzillo. –A–A–A–A Gothic-Mudejar cloister from the 15th c.
Fuensanta Sanctuary 6 km from Murcia 6 km from Murcia Baroque style from the end of the 17th c. Baroque style from the end of the 17th c. It is the usual resting place of the Virgen de la Fuensanta, Patron of the city of Murcia. It is the usual resting place of the Virgen de la Fuensanta, Patron of the city of Murcia. The Patron is carried in a procession to the city twice a year, during Lent and the September celebrations. The Patron is carried in a procession to the city twice a year, during Lent and the September celebrations.
Los Jerónimos Monastery 4 km from the city A baroque style convent from the 18th c. Known as the Escorial Murciano, for its grand architecture The Catholic University San Antonio is situated here.
Other Places of interest Santo Domingo Square Cross Square Virgin of the Dangers bridge Places of tapeo Alfonso X Boulevard –F–F–F–Flowers Square –S–S–S–Santa Catalina Square –C–C–C–Cardenal Belluga Square Shopping malls and of leisure
Santo Domingo Square Markets and the running of the bulls used to take place here. Markets and the running of the bulls used to take place here. Currently it is a popular place for meeting friends. Currently it is a popular place for meeting friends.
The Virgen of the Dangers The chapel of the Virgen is at the end of the old bridge “Puente Viejo”. The chapel of the Virgen is at the end of the old bridge “Puente Viejo”. Many Murcians make the sign of the cross over when crossing the bridge infront of the chapel to ask for protection and help. Many Murcians make the sign of the cross over when crossing the bridge infront of the chapel to ask for protection and help.
Tapeo Places Paseo de Alfonso X Plaza de Santa Catalina Plaza de las Flores Plaza del Cardenal Belluga
SHOPPING MALLS AND OF LEISURE Nueva Condomina Thader
Holy Week Spring Fiestas Parade of the Orchard Flowers Parade Sardine’s Burial September Fair Bull Fair Folk Festival Moors and Christians Patron Saint Procession
Holy Week From Our Lady of Sorrows Friday to Resurrection Sunday. 15 brotherhoods take out their images. There are more than one procession every day. The penitents hand out sweets, buns and little presents. Each image shows scenes of Christ’s Passion. Cristo del Amparo Viernes de Dolores La Ascensión Domingo de Resurrección
The Red Brotherhood The procession takes place on Holy Wednesday afternoon This is the oldest brotherhood in Murcia. Its main image is the Christ of blood. Procesión a su paso por la CatedralEl Cristo de la Sangre
Salzillos Procession The procession takes place on Good Friday morning. There is only one image that doesn’t belong to Salzillo. Our Lady of Sorrows The Last Supper
The Orchard Parade It shows the customs and traditions of our “huerta” or vegetable gardens and orchards. The city is a rainbow reflected in the costumes of men and women. On this day we can enjoy folklore and typical food on the streets of Murcia.
THE FLOWERS PARADE Celebrated on Easter Wednesday. The parade consists of artistic floats decorated with real flowers
THE BURIAL OF THE SARDINE Celebrated on the Saturday following the Holy Week. The floats handout little toys and represent the Olimpus Gods. It is over 150 years old, and means the ending of The Spring Festivitties. After the parade we can see the show of the sardine’s burial on the old bridge, and fireworks displays.
Bulls Fair The main bullfighters in Spain come to our bullfighting ring... as well as the main mounted bullfighters
Folklore Festival For three days 14 national and international folklore groups show their dances on the streets, squares and stages of Murcia.
Moors y Christians “Kábilas” and “mesnadas”, The troops of the Christian king and The king of Moors, Alfonso X and Aben Hud, enter the city.
The Procesion The Virgen of the Fuensanta, fondly called “La Morenica” (the dark virgen) has been the Patron Saint of Murciasince the 17th c. During 5 or 6 hours the pilgrimers carry the Patron up to her sanctuary, 11 kms far from the city center. They stop 6 times to cheer her.