Murcia Tourist Attractions

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Murcia is situated in the hot coastal plain of southeastern Spain.

Holy Week

The Semana Santa celebrations in Murcia are among the most famous religious festivals in Spain, with impressive nocturnal processions in which pasos by Francisco Salzillo are carried round the town. Particularly striking is the procession on the morning of Good Friday.

Cathedral de Santa María

One of the main attractions of Murcia is the 14th C Cathedral de Santa María, with a 92 m high tower that provides fine over the city.

Around the Cathedral

Calle de la Trapería

From the cathedral, Calle de la Trapería, once Murcia's main street, runs north through the old town. Together with Calle de la Platería, which branches off it on the left, it is the heart of a busy pedestrian zone well provided with shops.

Club

One of the most striking buildings in Calle de la Trapería is a gentleman's club built in the 19th and 20th centuries, with an Arab-style patio, a restaurant, a glazed gallery, a billiard room, a ballroom and a library.
Address: Calle Traperia 18, E-30001 Murcia, Spain

Plaza de Santo Domingo

Calle de la Trapería ends in the Plaza de Santo Domingo, with the handsome twin-towered church of Santo Domingo (17th-18th C.). Behind it, to the west, is the Teatro Romea.

Archeological Museum

To the north of the Plaza de Santo Domingo, in the Casa de Cultura, the Archeological Museum houses prehistoric, Iberian, Greek and Roman antiquities and a collection of pottery, including in particular Moorish ware.
Address: Calle Gran Vía Alfonso X, El Sabio 9, Spain

Museum of Art

From the Plaza de Santo Domingo, Calle de la Merced runs east to the University, just beyond which, in Calle del Obispo Frutos, is the Museum of Art, with frescoes and pictures by the Murcia-born painter Nicolá Villacis (1616-94), a pupil of Velázquez, works by many local artists and pictures by Ribera, Degrain and Picasso.

Museum of the Arab Town Walls

In Plaza Santa Eulalia, south of the Museum of Art, Moorish and medieval town walls have been brought to light. Objects found in the excavations are to be displayed in the Museo de la Muralla Árabe which is due to open shortly.

Along Río Segura

A short distance south of the cathedral, on the street along the left bank of the Río Segura, is the Glorieta de España, a beautiful public garden with the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) on its northern side. At its west end is the Plaza de Martínez Tornel, from which Murcia's main traffic artery, the Gran Vía del Escultor Salzillo, runs north. To the west of the Plaza de Martínez Tornel are the Plano de San Francisco and beyond this the Paseo del Malecón, a promenade along the embankment offering no shade from summer sun.

Western Districts

Churches

The most interesting of the numerous churches in the western districts of the town are San Nicolás, in the Plaza Mayor, with a Baroque interior and sculpture by Alonso Cano, Pedro de Mena and Salzillo, and San Miguel, adjoining the Jardín de San Esteban, which has several figures on the altar by Salzillo and his family workshop.

Salzillo Museum

At the west end of the town, in the Plaza de San Agustín, is the Ermita de Jesús, a round Baroque chapel (1777) which now houses the Salzillo Museum, devoted to the work of the Murcia-born sculptor Francisco Salzillo. Among the works on exhibition are the famous processional figures (pasos) carried in the Holy Week processions (particularly notable being a representation of the Last Supper), clay models and a magnificent Nativity scene with more than 500 figures dressed in 18th century Murcian costume.
Address: Plaza San Agustín 3, E-30004 Murcia, Spain

International Museum of Folk Costume

The Museo Internacional del Traje Folklórico, which has a collection of traditional costumes from all over Spain, is due to move to new premises, not yet determined.
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