Murcia Sights and Landmarks Guide, Spain
The beautiful city of Murcia located in Southeast Spain is a representation of a place with a profound cultural heritage. What people regret sometimes is that this city has some of the most remarkable monuments in Spain, not to mention these sites mix both Murcia’s history and brilliant architecture. Murcia Sights are indeed worth exploring for every traveler. Take a glimpse at some of its most popular attractions to date.
Murcia Sights – Most Popular Attractions
There are quite a few attractions that draw tourists to Murcia. These city landmarks are the most eye-catching and jaw-dropping in terms of architecture and splendor.
The Cathedral. This is perhaps the best manifestation of the Murcia’s art, history and architecture. The Cathedral stands proudly since the 15th century. The blend of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance styles transformed the cathedral into a sundry masterpiece. Another part, which is worth noting, is the bell tower constructed by different artists in varied styles. Its interior is largely Gothic and has 23 chapels all worth visiting. The exterior, with its entire splendor, is just as marvelous as the interior. The artistic flare put into it is very inviting.
Episcopal Palace. Next to the cathedral is another famous landmark in Murcia, the Episcopal Palace. According to history, a number of the finest stone masons worked together to build this piece of 18th century architecture. The Italian Mannerism is very evident in the construction of the palace. The doors of the balcony are similar to the ones in the Farnese Palace created by Michelangelo.
Murcia Sights – Nature and Leisure
The city of Murcia is found in a place of natural beauty. Nature does not just provide an attractive backdrop to the city but also provides tourists the best of Murcia Sights to explore.
El Valle Nature Reserve. This place is an unparalleled natural ecosystem for both leisure and enjoyment. Apart from this, El Valle is also a great source of oxygen for Murcia. The region protects and preserves this natural reserve along with all the birds sheltered in it.
Aquarium of the University of Murcia. Visitors will find many species of the planet’s aquatic animals. These species came from the different seas around the world – the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Menor, and the Red Sea.
Murcia Sights – Museums
The city’s history can be revisited not just through the historical buildings but also through a few museums showing its past. Also, several museums of this city preserve and share the works of notable Murcian artists.
City Museum. Located at the Plaza de las Agustinas, the City Museum provides visitors an interactive overview of Murcia’s 2000-year history starting from the very first settlement until the present. Guided tours can be requested prior to the visit. The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays at 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm. The Sunday schedule is from 11am to 2pm. The museum is not open during the months of July and August.
Ramon Gaya Museum. This museum is situated at the Plaza Santa Catalina in the striking Palarea house. The museum houses the works of one of the most notable modern Murcian artist, Ramon Gaya. Aside from this, the Ramon Gaya Museum also displays sketches and writings of other artists in the city.
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