Murcia Cathedral

by Robert Bovington

If there were but one reason to visit the city of Murcia, it would have to be to see the cathedral – La Catedral de Santa María is the most impressive monument in the city.  You can’t really miss it! Its 92 metre tower can be seen from miles around. The Cathedral was built on the foundations of an old mosque and the first stone laid in 1394 but the building, as it appears today, was not completed until the 18th century.

Murcia Cathedral by Robert Bovington

Murcia Cathedral
by Robert Bovington

There is a mix of styles that reflect the additions made over four centuries. There are Gothic elements such as the La Puerta de los Apósteles and La Capilla de los Vélez, which are both 15th century whilst the 16-century Junierón Chapel is Renaissance. The Baroque façade of the ‘Puerta del Perdón’ entrance is quite spectacular – ornately sculptured to look like an altar. The highlight of the interior is the Vélez chapel with its magnificent ornamental stone carvings. The tower took a long time to complete – it was started in the 16th century and finished in the 18th century. The views from the top are stupendous!

Murcia Cathedral Portico de los Apostoles  © Robert Bovington

Murcia Cathedral
Portico de los Apostoles
© Robert Bovington

Murcia riverside panorama © Robert Bovington

Murcia riverside panorama
© Robert Bovington


more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Photographs of Spain”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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