The Murcia Coast Sights

Cathedral

  • Pl. Cardenal Belluga s/n Map It
  • Murcia
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Murcia's cathedral is a masterpiece of eclectic architecture. Begun in the 14th century, the cathedral received its magnificent facade—considered one of Spain's fullest expressions of the churrigueresque style—as late as 1737. The 19th-century English traveler Richard Ford described it as "rising in compartments, like a drawn-out telescope." The 15th century brought the Gothic Door of the Apostles and, inside, the splendid chapel of Los Vélez, with a beautiful, star-shaped stone vault. Carvings by the 18th-century Murcian sculptor Francisco Salzillo were added later. The museum, housed in the 14th-century cloisters includes several Gothic paintings, Roman remains, and a walkway over the underground archaeological ruins. The bell tower, built between 1521 and 1792, rises 95 meters (313 feet) and offers magnificent views of the city from the top. Night climbs (€6) are available Tuesdays and Thursdays July through September at 10 pm.

Sight Information

Address:

Pl. Cardenal Belluga s/n, Murcia, 30001, Spain

Map It

Phone:

968-219713

Sight Details:

  • Cathedral free; museum €3; cathedral, museum, and tower (guided tour) €5
  • Sept.–June, daily 7–1 and 5–8; July–Aug., daily 7–1 and 6–8 (9 on Sun.)

Published 08/18/2015

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