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Murcia’s Holy Week Procession Brings Tourists

Article by Kurt Schefken

The Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, or as it is more simply called, Murcia, is one of the seventeen autonomous communities in Spain. The region was founded as Mendinat Mursiya by the Arabs in 825. These earliest settlers were able to use Murcia’s convenient coastal environment to create many of the first sophisticated irrigation systems.

It is on the southeastern corner of the country and is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is next to three other autonomous communities, Andalucia, Castilla-La Mancha and the Valencian Community, within which lies the bordering province of Alicante. The Costa Colida, or warm coast, is a very popular area that runs south of the also famous Costa Blanca that is located in Torrevieja. Many Europeans have come to this area of the country to purchase second summer homes.

The capital city is also named Murcia and is where all governing bodies of the community are located, except for the parliament, which is in Cartagena. Also located in Murcia is the Mar Menor, the small sea. The Manga is a long strip of sand that is shaped like a sleeve, the English translation of the Spanish word manga. This sandbar separates the Mar Menor lagoon from the Mediterranean Sea.

The beautiful beach resort of Aguilas in Murcia is a very warm and arid and produces vegetables like tomatoes and lettuce as well as lemons, oranges and flowers for all of Europe. The temperature in Aguilas in the summer can often reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius, 104 degrees Fahrenheit and the winters are very mild, averaging between 4 and 16 degrees Celsius or 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Murcia is accessible to both the airport in San Javier, about 30 minutes away or the Altet airport in Alicante, 40 minutes from the capital city.

The Cathedral in Murcia was built over a period of five centuries from the 14th to the 18th century and is reflective of each century’s architectural styles. There is an example of the Baroque in a carving of the front door of Pardon, the Velez Gothic Chapel, and the Junterton Renaissance Chapel. The Tower is 96 meters high, or 315 feet and contains 25 bells.

During the Holy Week Processions, many of Francisco Salzillo’s sculptures are carried out of the museums and into the streets for an amazing parade. The patron saint of Murcia, known as the virgin saint of the holy fountain, or good saint, has its figure represented in The Sanctuary of Fuenestra, built in the 18th century. The figure is part of the processionals for both the Easter festival and the Murcia Festival each summer. These festivals, along with the spring festivals are part of what makes the area such a fabulous tourist attraction.

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Kurt Schefken regularly pens online reports on information like murcia airport destinations. Writing for detailed writings on murcia airport and murcia airport destinations the author confirmed his deep knowledge in the field.

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