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Mediterranean Cruise 2022 — Walking Murcia and Back to Cartagena

Teatro Romea on the Plaza Julían Romea in Murcia, Spain

Our next Murcia destination on foot was Plaza Julían Romea, where we walked by the Teatro Romea. Queen Isabella II inaugurated this old theater in 1862. After two devastating fires, the theater was inaugurated a third time in 1901, and Queen Sofia reopened it in 1988 following a rehabilitation. So, this place has had more reopenings than an Atlantic City casino!

Teatro Romea

In the Plaza Julían Romea, across from the southeast corner of the theater, is a monument to composer Manuel Fernández:

Manuel Fernández Caballero monument

Just east of the theater is the Church of Santo Domingo, where you’ll find this interesting architectural detail above the main entrance:

Church of Santo Domingo, Plaza Julían Romea, Murcia, Spain

After our foot tour of Murcia, we boarded the bus and headed back into Cartagena.

Street Walking in Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena has a long-ago connection to the Roman Empire, and Roman ruins are in abundance here. So, on foot, we set out for Barrio y museo del foro romano de Cartagena (Neighborhood and Museum of the Roman Forum of Cartagena). Along the way we passed some interesting ruins of a more modern era:

Decrepit buildings in Cartagena

But six minutes’ walk later we were in Plaza de San Francisco, where we found this statue to Spanish actor Isidoro Máiquez:

Plaza de San Francisco

There are some really neat buildings in this area, and this one reminded me a little (very little) of Antoni Gaudí:

Near Plaza de San Francisco

Alas, the Roman Forum photo opportunities were a bust because the ruins are beneath a protective cover, and the view is camera-obscured behind fencing. You’ll have to content yourself with this:

Roman Forum Museum (archeological dig site)

Leaving behind the Roman Forum and heading west along Calle Hondo we reached Plaza San Sebastián and Palacio de Capitanía General:

Palacio de Capitanía General on Plaza San Sebastián

Wednesday we’ll continue our foot tour of Cartagena.

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Fun Photo Friday — Mediterranean 2022; Murcia and Cartagena Favorites 3

Lighting the Way

And here’s the third Fun Photo Friday installment of Murcia and Cartagena favorites:

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Mediterranean Cruise 2022 — Murcia, Spain; 

Calle Trapería; facing north from Plaza Hernández Amores

It’s time to leave Murcia Cathedral behind us and move on from Plaza Hernández Amores:

Plaza Hernández Amores

Our next stop is something you may have finding if you’re not with a tour. We’re going to step inside this place on Calle Trapería, about two minutes’ walk north from the cathedral:

Real Casino de Murcia

Real Casino de Murcia dates to 1847, and it’s a private club catering to the bourgeois class of Murcia. Inside this eclectic building you’ll find a plethora of wonderous gems, including this enclosed Arabic-themed courtyard:

Real Casino de Murcia; enclosed Arabic-themed courtyard

And this statue of Icarus before he flew too close to the sun and melted the wax holding together his wings:


Before we head on up the street, let’s zoom in on some detail in that Arabic courtyard:

Real Casino de Murcia’s awesome Arabic courtyard

As you continue north along Calle Trapería you’ll find some interesting photographic subjects, including Palacio Almodóvar:

Palacio Almodóvar

Followed by Plaza de Santo Domingo and the remnants of an old Domican Order monastery and the Church of Santo Domingo:

The towers and dome of Convent of Santo Domingo and Rosary Chapel

Don’t forget to look back south along Calle Trapería for this view before you leave:

The view of Calle Trapería looking south from Plaza de Santo Domingo

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