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Santa Maria, Murcia

The facade of this lovely Mediterranean Gothic cathedral is the finest among Murcia’s many examples of baroque architecture

Murcia’s cathedral stand out in a city bristling with exuberant baroque architecture.

The cathedral dates from the 14th to 18th centuries

If ever a building captured the spirit of the place, Santa Maria, with its ebullient and lavish decorations, certainly does.

The cathedrals south side retains its gothic facade, but the main west front was rebuilt after a flood in 1735. Designed by Jamie Bort.

The interior retaining its gothic origin

The high point is the Capilla de los Velez, completed in 1507 and designed as a funeral chapel for a powerful local family

With its lovely screen, this must be one of Spain's finest examples of Hispano Gothic architecture

Other highlights include an urn containing the heart of 13th century Alfonso the wise in the Capilla Mayor and a 600kg gold and silver processional monstrance in the cathedrals museum

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