ENVIRONMENT. MURCIA. LA MANGA DEL MAR MENOR

There are many doubts about the origins of the city of Murcia. There is proof that it was ordered to be founded with the name of Madina Mursiya on June 25, 825 by the emir of Al-Ándalus Abderramán II with the aim of quelling the revolts between Yemeni, Muladi and the dominant Hispanic caste that bloodied the lands of the Cora of Tudmir, as well as to strengthen the power of the Emirate of Cordoba in a coraescasamente Islamized. Historians such as Rodríguez Llopis defend, however, that what was produced that year was not the foundation but the transfer of the capital of Tudmir to an existing Murcia.


Monuments

Murcia has important monuments throughout the city. More information on the website of wikipedia

MURCIA CATHEDRAL

The most emblematic building of the city is the Cathedral of Santa María, 103 seat of the Diocese of Cartagena which is located in the old town, in the Plaza de Belluga. It began to be built on the old mosque or aljama in the fourteenth century, and was consecrated in 1467, although various parts were added or reformed until the late eighteenth century, when its famous tower was completed. For this reason it presents different architectural styles, especially Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

VIRGEN DE LA FUENSANTA

The Virgen de la Fuensanta is the main patron of the city of Murcia. It constitutes one of the most important Marian invocations of the peninsular east. She is the protagonist of two romeries to the year that bring the image from her Sanctuary to the Cathedral and two other scenes that take place in the face of the important festivities that take place in the city, in the spring (Holy Week and Festivities of Spring) and September (the September Fair), the latter being the most crowded.

MURCIA DOWNTOWN

Next to the façade of the cathedral, in the same Plaza de Belluga, there is the School of Dramatic Arts and Dance (Old San Fulgencio Seminary) and the Episcopal Palace, both from the 18th century. The majestic palace is divided into two parts: the central body articulated on a porticoed patio and the so-called Hammer, which was the viewpoint of the bishops on the Segura and its gardens and which constitutes the architectural enclosure of the adjoining & nbsp; Paseo del Arenal , current Glorieta.105​

A few meters from the Cathedral and Belluga, next to the Segura River, is the aforementioned Plaza de La Glorieta, which has traditionally been the political center of the city. Built in the 18th century, it is a landscaped space where the Town Hall (19th century) is located, 106 with an annex building that overlooks Plaza Belluga, a landmark work by Rafael Moneo

It is still possible to appreciate the old medieval urban fabric of the Andalusian era, once divisive of religions and now converted into beautiful pedestrian streets, such as the Silver and the famous Trapería, which communicates the Plaza de la Cruz (where the Cathedral tower is located) with the well-known Plaza de Santo Domingo, one of the most appreciated meeting points for Murcians. In the same Trapería you can see the beautiful eclectic façade of the Casino (founded in 1847), with a sumptuous interior that combines different styles, from an Arab patio inspired by the royal halls of the Alhambra and the Reales Alcázares of Seville, passing through a patio romano-pompeyano, a wonderful English library with more than 20,000 volumes and a beautiful neo-baroque dance hall, among other rooms.


 

La Manga del Mar Menor

La Manga, a renowned touristic hotspot for decades, has been a Mecca for lovers of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and hustle and bustle. Despite the huge number of visitors that descend here every year, this paradise still has many spots to explore, surprises to offer and secluded places to discover. Only here can you choose to swim in two seas, or watch the sun set and or rise over either of these waters. 

The descriptive name of La Manga (the sleeve) holds an interesting geographical layoutwhich has become one of the symbols that best identifies the coast of Murcia as a tourist resort: a chain that stretches along approximately 24 km from Cabo de Palos to the Punta del Mojón, and is the natural limit of the salt water lake known as the Mar Menor. Originally, what is now known as La Manga del Mar Menor was a bay open to the Mediterranean; at either end, volcanic reefs gradually held back the sand and sediment that was dragged along by the sea currents to form a sandy column of dunes and rock vegetation and long beaches in contact with two seas: the Mediterranean and the Menor. La Manga is a narrow piece of land with a width that varies between 200 m and 1 and a half km. It is cut off by natural channels that keep the two seas in contact with each other; the so-called "golas" allow water from the Mediterranean into the lake. As such, the space was kept virgin until the 60's, when La Manga was "discovered" as a tourist resort and underwent a transformation which included the urbanisation of the area and the construction of tourist infrastructures.

Nowadays, everything in La Manga has been designed to enhance the visitor's stay.Complete hotel installations, with a network of establishments with maximum qualification (including a five-star hotel), located at strategic points, apartment complexes, sailing ports, sailing schools, recreational centres, supermarkets, shops, bars, discos... everything you need for a complete holiday. In winter and autumn, La Manga is kept open, since its population is constant all year round. Winter is an ideal period for those in search of peace and quiet, with the necessary services and infrastructures.

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