Sail the Iberian Peninsula - 2019

now the theater folks had figured out what to do to ward off the third catastrophic fire. So they never sell the theater out. One seat is always left unsold. The theater still stands and is used for performances of all kinds regularly. No further fires have occurred. The Casino of Murcia Don’t get excited now—this was not a building dedicated to gambling—this was not Las Vegas of Spain or Monte Carlo of Murcia. This remarkable structure was actually more akin to the famous men’s club in England, except ladies were definitely members as well. However, both sexes had to be of a certain high class of society with plenty of money to spend on membership and the Casino’s other benefits. The building was dedicated and opened on June 11, 1847.

The building opens on a main street and there are high windows facing the street. Was this so that the rich could watch the less privileged citizens stare in wonderment at the high life the members were enjoying? The nickname that the non-members titled the club was “The Aquarium” because they felt like they were looking in on lives of some strange beings on display. We were not asked our pedigrees or for our bank account numbers before being allowed into the club to explore the elegance, lavish décor, beautiful appointments and art everywhere displayed.

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