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Murcia
Murcia is the proud capital of the Region of Murcia, one of Spain's 17 autonomous communities. The Segura River runs right through it and irrigates the fertile valley of the Huerta de Murcia, also known as the orchard of Europe. In winter the Murcia region supplies vegetables and fruit to Northern Europe.
 
The emir of Cordoba, Abd ar Rahman II founded Murcia in 825 an brought in scores of loyal Arabs, including cultivation experts. An extensive network of irrigation channels, dams and terrasses was built, releasing the agricultural capabilities of the Huerta.
 
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocked the Murcia region in 2011, causing several casualties and mayor damage.
 
The region is prone to flooding during the autumn Gota Fria rains. The extreme floods of September 2019 were the worst in 50 years.
 
Murcia sports many interesting places like the Cathedral with its baroque facade, the colorful Bishop's Palace, the Royal Casino and the Plaza Santo Domingo.
 
We explored Murcia's old center on a nice day in December 2019.
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the kiosks along he Grand Via de Alfonso X el Sabio are already decorated for Christmas
yes, Christmas is coming, also to the Casino
many feel that the facade of the City Hall is in disharmony with the other buildings at the square. We agree
the monument for Human Rights at Plaza Santo Domingo. Note the wall of flowerpots in the back
the colorful Episcopal Palace at Cardenal Belluga Square was built around 1768
 the woodcarving of St Mary in the chapel of Bishop Trejo dates from 1627
this version of the Teatro de Romeo dates from 1901 after the two previous ones went down in flames
la Dama de Cehegin holds a mirror. The sandstone piece dates from around 350 AD
the Archeological Museum shows a layer of soil with archeological finds
the glass ceiling inside the Casino
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Cardenal Belluga square is dominated by the baroque facade of the Cathedral of Murcia
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a detail of the richly decorated facade
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sculptures above the entrance of the Royal Casino
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the church of Santo Domingo dates from around 1740
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the neoclassical old Town Hall glows in the late afternoon sun
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the Santa Clara Monastery is now a museum