Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception (Fortuna - Murcia)

What to see in Fortuna


Church of the Immaculate Conception

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Church of the Immaculate Conception (Fortuna - Murcia)
This was built in the 18th century (1728-1744) according to inscriptions and documents from the sacristy.

Of Murcian Baroque style, it is a building with a basilica floor plan with three naves: a central one and two smaller lateral ones, located in front of the central Elderly Square. It has undergone multiple modifications and rehabilitations over the centuries.

Inside, we find an octagonal dome with four skylights.
Four pillars extend from the central nave, up to the aisles, which display windows with coloured glass and small circular windows. The central nave and the transept have a gabled roof and the lateral ones to water; the dome and bell tower are covered with blue tiles.

Town Hall

Town Hall (Fortuna - Murcia)
This was built at the beginning of the 20th century in a modern style.

In its lobby, between the four side doors, are exposed oil paintings dating from 1907, as well as frescoes and polychrome stucco on the ceiling, all made by the Murcian artist José María Medina Noguera (1866-1935).

These are modernist decorations and, due to their artistic importance, this building has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest since 2009.

Convent House

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Convent House (Fortuna - Murcia)
Also known as Palazón House, this was built at the end of the 19th century and completed in 1906. It has a modernist style and is an old villa that was owned by a local family.

Later, it passed into the hands of the Sisters of the Crucified Christ, who converted it into a convent and school in 1960.

Its upper facade, with ashlar mouldings, stands out for its large, exposed brick balconies and a wooden door entrance with polychrome stained glass.
On both sides, it has two large windows with decorated bars. Inside, we are greeted by a majestic plasterwork patio with arabesque motifs. Likewise, it still has its original ballroom, which today has been converted into a chapel.

Saint Roch Hermitage

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Saint Roch Hermitage (Fortuna - Murcia)
This was the first hermitage in Fortuna and was built in the early 17th century. With a baroque-style aesthetic, it is a temple with a high historical value.

Inside we are greeted by a single rectangular nave, covered with gables and built of brick and plastered masonry.

It has small altars on both sides. On the main altar, we find the image of Saint Roch, protector of epidemics.
In 1631, in the presence of the King's representative, the “Carta de Puebla” was delivered in this hermitage. It is a symbol of the autonomy of the locality and when the municipality was also formed.

Remains of the Old Roman Spa

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This is an original archaeological site from the 1st century BC and 1st century AD, which is in the process of excavation, whose first documented infrastructures destined for its exploitation date from Roman times.

This is supported by the material remains found: ceramics and coins, although it is not known how the Romans got here. This spa was in constant use until it dried up in the 19th century.
This aspect facilitated the excavation work and a Roman building was found, of which practically its entire plant remains. It was excavated and completed in elevation with large ashlars of the same local limestone.

Black Cave Roman Sanctuary

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Black Cave Roman Sanctuary (Fortuna - Murcia)
This is a set of three black rock shelters considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Fortuna. They are located in the Sierra del Baño and were used during Roman times as a Sanctuary.

It was the site of the discovery of numerous Latin texts that used to be written with red Paint, called tituli picti, of which a small sample is still preserved. They were discovered in 1981 and have been studied by researchers from various disciplines.
These inscriptions have been the only ones found belonging to the Roman Empire, as well as others found in Turkey. Their creation dates from the second century AD. Here, we find the oldest fragments of Virgil's Aeneid.

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