Our Lady of the Expectation Sanctuary (Calasparra - Murcia)

What to see in Calasparra


Virgin of Hope Sanctuary

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This sanctuary is among the most visited in Spain. It is located 6 km from Calasparra and receives pilgrims from all over the country.

Inside, one can see two images of the Virgin of Hope, who is the Patroness Saint of Calasparra.

Inside one of the caves, located on the Segura river, the original hermitage was created in the 17th century. Later, with the growth of the cult of the Virgin, new rooms and buildings were added.
The natural environment surrounding this sanctuary makes it a unique place that attracts not only believers but all kinds of travellers.
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La Merced Church

Ex Convento Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Calasparra, Región de Murcia, España
This is the most representative church in the municipality of Calasparra. It dates from the 16th century, when it was built on the ruins of the old Conception Hermitage (founded in 1555). Throughout history, it has undergone different reforms, the last being in the 20th century.

It is located in the historic centre of Calasparra and is accessed through the narrow streets of the city.

The Church of Our Lady of La Merced has a Latin cross plan and a single nave.
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Saint Peter Church

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Saint Peter Church (Calasparra - Murcia)
The parish church of St. Peter, in baroque style, is one of the most representative monuments of Calasparra.

It is made of masonry and brick, typical of Murcian baroque buildings. The main façade is accessed via a semicircular staircase that bridges the gap with the rest of the square.

This is a church with a Latin cross plan and three naves dating from the 17th-18th centuries.
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La Encomienda Archaeological Museum

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La Encomienda Archaeological Museum (Calasparra - Murcia)
The museum was inaugurated in 2002 and is located in an 18th-century building that belonged to the Commandery of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.

A commandery was a collection centre belonging to an Order and channelling the proceeds to a noble collector, who was known as the Commander.

Through the museum collections, it is possible to learn about the history of Calasparra, from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages.
One of its greatest attractions is the sample of elements found in the old site of Villa Vieja. It also has an excellent collection of minerals and fossils found in the area.
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Islamic Depopulated of Villa Vieja

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This is an Andalusian farmhouse, or an Arab town, located in a rural and fortified environment. It is estimated that it was occupied between the 11th and 13th centuries by Berber settlers. The site stands out for the good conservation of the plot of the urban nucleus. In different excavations, 22 houses have been found, as well as a defensive system with fortifications, walls, a moat, and four quadrangular towers.

Visitors can tour the town and go to the Interpretation Centre.
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Abrigos del Pozo

The cave paintings of the “Abrigos del Pozo” are among the most impressive expressions of cave art in the Mediterranean region. The paintings were incorporated into the Unesco World Heritage list.

The “Abrigos del Pozo” were occupied from the Epipaleolithic, about 8,000 years ago, until the time of Romanization.

The first settlers were dedicated to fishing, gathering, and hunting.
It is estimated that the cave paintings belong to the Neolithic period, as they are dated with an antiquity that places them around 4300 BC. The art found on the “Abrigos del Pozo” represents human figures, animals, and symbolic objects.

The entire complex is conditioned to receive tourists, who today enter through the old access used by shepherds in prehistoric times.
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Cueva del Puerto

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This labyrinth of galleries and caves has a total extension of more than 4,000 meters, although it is suspected that in the “Sierra del Puerto” area there are more caves that have not yet been discovered.

Tourists can travel a little more than 700 meters, in galleries that have a drop of almost 50 meters deep. During the tour, stalactites, stalagmites, columns, organs, and many more formations are observed. In addition, the visits include settings created with lighting and sound.
It is also worth visiting the surroundings of the cave, as it is in a mountainous area watered by several rivers.
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Casa Granero Building

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Casa Granero Building (Calasparra - Murcia)
This building was ordered to be built in 1808 by the Count of Valle de San Juan.

Although it is a neoclassical-style building, its aesthetic is quite eclectic—something understandable because this historic building had a dual functionality. On the one hand, it was the family home and on the other hand, it was used as a barn.

Today, it houses the Calasparra Tourist Office, which acquired it from the heirs of the count in 1978. We also find in this building the Calasparra Rice Museum.
In 1995, the City Council incorporated the extensive archive that belonged to the count, which includes documents from the 14th century.
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El Arrocero Fountain

Ex Convento Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Calasparra, Región de Murcia, España
This fountain was inaugurated in June 2007 and is located in Convento Square, next to the side door of the La Merced Church.

It was built as a tribute and recognition to the great work of the rice farmers of Calasparra.

At night, it is usually frequented by young people who enjoy its modern lighting.
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Secano Fountain

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Secano Fountain (Calasparra - Murcia)
This was one of the emblematic places that the nostalgic people of Calasparra missed the most. It was so important that it was recovered and reopened in 2008.

It is a simple fountain, lined with small tiles and without ornamentation. However, it is of great importance for the city, as it is where the ancient inhabitants went to collect water for their houses. Even today, it can be used for the same purpose.
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