Sail the Iberian Peninsula - 2019

The various rooms were “themed” so there were rooms with Moorish designs, rooms with a more modern flair, rooms for special purposes, like the men’s and women’s special dressing rooms (both also beautifully decorated, tea rooms and dining rooms, conversational areas, smoking rooms, billiards rooms and a grand

Main Hall - Library - Ceiling of Women's Dressing Room

ballroom. The wealthy of Murcia did have a pampered lifestyle available to them. Three Roman emperors hailed from this area of Spain: Trajan, Hadrian, and Theodosius. However, the royal casino came a little too late for them to enjoy. The Cathedral and Episcopal Palace of Murcia These buildings are located on one of the most famous squares of the city: Cardinal Belluga Plaza (nothing to do with the famous beluga whales). The Cathedral Church of St. Mary dates from 1385 and it was built on the site of a previous mosque. It is Gothic inside and Baroque on the exterior. The stained glass windows are high on the walls and not as large as could be expected. There are 3 naves, 1 apse, and 23 chapels. The Bell Tower stands 300 feet not including the weathervane, making it the tallest campanile in Spain. There are 25 bells, all of them from the 17 th and 18 th centuries. In 1854, the church was heavily damaged in a fire and the altar had to be replaced and the new one was created in the Neo-Gothic style. At the same time, a mighty organ was commissioned from a justly admired Belgian Company.

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