My dear city, Murcia.

Murcia is a city placed in the southeast of Spain, and it is the seven city in our country with most population, more tan 400.000 people. It’s the capital city of our region, the Region of Murcia, although it has only one province. The temperature is around 18ºC, (291 K) in summer is very hot and in winter it isn´t very cold. It doesn´t usually rain.

ImageWhere it’s located.

HISTORY

The origin is located in the Old Age, with the first iberos people’s appearance, like ‘el Santuario de la Luz’ (the Light’s Shrine). The Romans founded remote settlements next to river Segura (Murcia´s River) to work its land. In the Medieval Times the Muslims founded the city of Murcia (825) with the aim of keep the peace in Tudmir’s region, and it turned into the capital. The Christians regain this place in 1243.

ImageTrapería. This street was building by Muslims.

PATRIMONY

The artistic and cultural patrimony in Murcia is rich and varied. The best time for art was in baroque. The principal monument is the cathedral, which has two of arts styles, Renaissance and Gothic. In the catholic architecture enhance Our Lady Fuensanta’s Shrine, the Jeremy’s Monastery, the Episcopal Palace and Merced’s Convent. In the civil architecture enhance the Casino, the Theatre Romea, the Town hall, and Cerdá House, among others. In the sculpture there are some religious sculpts from Francisco Salzillo, a very important person in Murcia’s art. In the painting, there are a lot of museums and art’s galleries, like Ramón Goya.

ImageThe cathedral

ImageTheatre Romea

ImageEpiscopal Palace

Image Our Lady Fuensanta’s Shrine

ORCHARD

Murcia´s orchard is very important, we could say that is the most important thing here. It´s placed between two mountains and River Segura flows the orchard in its way to the sea. The Muslims invented some instruments to carry the water from the river to the people when they were here, like ‘Contraparada’. The orchard is as well folklore, gastronomy, parties..o I think you will enjoy it.

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HOLYDAYS

In our city there are a lot of holydays. The first one is the Easter, and we can see the Salzillo’s sculpts in the processions. One week before we have ‘las Fiestas de Primavera’ (Spring’s holydays). Here are very famous parades in our region and in Spain called ‘el Bando de la Huerta’ and ‘el Entierro de la Sardina’. In September is the fair, with a lot of attractions, and a lot of murcians go there and have a good time. There is a famous parade too, ‘Moros y Cristianos’ (Moorish and Christians)  and gastronomic tastings in Malecón.

Image ‘Bando de la Huerta’

Image‘Bando de la Huerta’

Image‘Entierro de la Sardina’

Image‘Moros y Cristianos’

GASTRONOMY

The typical murcian food has influence of people who lived in Murcia the centuries ago. We have a lot of foods, one murcian menu could be some ‘tapas’, like zarangollo and michirones. After that, a good rice with vegetables or with costillejas (meat). In our city are typical potatoes with garlic. In the dessert we could eat paparajotes, one of the most important foods here.

ImageRice with costillejas

ImageMurcian salad

ImageZarangollo

Image Paparajotes

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