City of Murcia, Province of Murcia, Spain
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City of Murcia, Spain
Murcia , a city in south east Spain, is the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, and the seventh largest city in the country. It is located on the Segura River, in the South east of the Iberian Peninsula, noted by a mild climate with hot summers, tepid winters and scarce precipitation. Murcia-San Javier Airport is located on the edge of the Mar Menor close to the towns of San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera, 45 kilometres south east of Murcia. There is also an airport in the neighbouring city of Alicante.
The Cathedral of the Diocese of Cartagena (based in Murcia) was built between 1394 and 1465 in the Castilian Gothic style. Its tower was completed in 1792 and shows a blend of architectural styles. The first two stories were built in the Renaissance style (1521–1546), while the third is Baroque. The bell pavilion exhibits both Rococo and Neoclassical influences. The main façade (1736–1754) is considered a masterpiece of the Spanish Baroque style.
The Holy Week procession hosted by the city is among the most famous throughout all of Spain. This traditional festival portrays the events which lead up to and include the Crucifixion according to the New Testament. Life-sized, finely-detailed sculptures by Francisco Salzillo (1707–1783) are removed from their museums and carried around the city in elegant processions amid flowers and, at night, candles, pausing at stations which are meant to re-enact the final moments before the crucifixion of Jesus.