You’ll never guess where I was these spring holidays … Murcia! Early in the morning, my cousin and I took the bus to the town centre.
We went to Murcia that day (1 st Tuesday after Easter holidays) because it was the “Bando de la Huerta” in Murcia. There was a big party there, and people dressed up just like people used to do in the 21 th century. There were a lot of activities too!
For example: The election of the Queen of the Garden - consisted of passing certain general culture and communication tests, and if you pass them, you’ll take the Crown of “Azahar” (lemon blossom).
At night, we went to the “Barracas”-they were establishments where you could eat the typical Murcia food, for example: Black pudding and sausages. (There was a lot of meat!).
We didn’t stay until very late because we were very tired, so we went home early.
Francisco Salzillo was born in Murcia on May 12, 1707. He is perhaps the most relevant sculptor of his century and the Baroque style. His father was an Italian Sculptor from Santa María Capua Vetere, Italy. Salzillo received from his father as an inheritance a hermitage, figures of women and models of children. Thanks to them, the author was forming as a sculptor and was building his own styles.
Salzillo mostly worked on polyvinylic wood. One of his works was in the church of San Isidoro (1755) of Sta. Maria de Gracia in Cartagena. Salzillo made another masterpiece in 1754 that belonged to the brother of our father Jesús Nazareno de Murcia.
Murcia, whose original name was Madina Mursiyah, is a city founded in 831 by Abd-Al-Rahman II in a privileged enclave, in the middle of the Segura River Valley. During the reign of Alfonso X of Castile, Murcia was one of his capitals, together with Toledo and Seville.
There are many archaeological remains of Arab origins, such as the Convent of the Claras. The Christian era has also left a mark on the city, as it happens in the streets of Trapería and Platería.
As an impressive monument in Murcia, we find the Cathedral as a witness of the passage of time. Its construction began in 1394, and it is a combination of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical styles.
Murcia has been the capital of the province of Murcia since 1833 and, with its creation by the central government in 1982, it became capital of the autonomous community, which includes both the city and the province.
Since then, it has become the seventh most populated municipality in Spain, and a thriving services city.
Murcia is a wonderful place in the south east of Spain. You will find that people are very friendly here.
It has many types of plants and also fauna, such as the Carrascales, Maquias and Búho real (Royal owl).
There are mountain landscapes such as Sierra Espuña. There are also beaches such as La Manga del Mar Menor. I like going to the beach on holidays, and you?
Murcia has got a rich and varied gastronomy. Have you tried pasteles de carne (meat pies)?. You can also find the best vegetables and fruits here.
Moreover, there are very famous and beautiful villages, for instance, Caravaca de la Cruz, Calasparra, Cartagena, etc.
There are also monuments such as the Cathedral and Salzillo museum.
For all this, Murcia is a fantastic and touristic place. Would you like to come and visit our beautiful city?
I hope you will like it.
MIGUEL PUJANTE RUIZ. 1º C (E.S.O.)
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