Episcopal Palace (Murcia)

Episcopal Palace (Murcia)

This striking historical construction functions as the official headquarters of the Diocese of Cartagena and has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest since 1992.

Its construction began in 1749 and was promoted by Bishop Juan Mateo López. After going through the direction of several masters, the work was completed in 1768.

It should be noted that the palace was the site of important historical events, one of them during the Spanish Civil War, when it was used as a headquarters when French troops invaded the city. Also, in the year 1862, Queen Elizabeth II visited Murcia and used its facilities as a royal residence.

In the decorative style of the palace, you can see two very marked trends: Italian and French Rococo. The building has a square plan decorated almost entirely by shields in different shapes and colours that are located on the main facade. It houses the entrance arch to the Palace, which is accompanied by two pilasters, and everything is unified under a large balcony.

The palace has an important courtyard composed of two sections and a main staircase that goes from there to the first floor, where you can see the portraits of all the bishops who passed through the diocese. Its rear part is oriented towards the Segura river and is divided into two parts forming the letter L.

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