A look at Murcia
Murcia holds dear magnificent examples of 19th century architecture on its streets and plazas such the City Hall, Victoria Hotel, Romea Theatre. The Royal Casino is a jewel; it was built in 1847 and made bigger in 1902; it contains decorations of great interest, as its ballroom, its neo-Nazari patio or the library, without forgetting about its façade with its important statue arrangement. This rich artistic tradition makes itself evident in the city museums such the Archeological, Fine Arts or Salzillo where you can see Holy Week sculpted representations made by this Murcian genius for Good Friday procession; let's not forget about his “Belon” as the starting point of one of the most rooted handcrafting traditions in Murcia. The Hydraulic Museum witness the close relationship between Murcia and the Segura river.
However, Murcia hasn't stayed ankered to her past, being a modern city as well,endowed with all required infrastructure an ample university complex, an Auditorium and Conventions Centre that, when considered plus its hotels, it turns out to be an ideal to hold meetings and all types of events, in a city that maintains its popular traditions in regards to street celebrations. Its Holy Week processions, which demonstrates Murcian countryside influx, takes Salzillo's magnificent statues to the streets.
Murcian art goes beyond the city limits. Great examples of Baroque art are to be found on the Our Blessed Lady of Fuensanta Sanctuary or Saint Jerome's Monastery, also known as “the Murcian El Escorial”.
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One cannnot understand Murcia without sunlight, without its benign weather year round, without fiestas or streets full of shows and people, without its gastronomy; one cannot understand it without its inns, places to eat “tapas” or renown restaurants that will put a smile to your face during your stay.