Church of Saint Michael the Archangel (Mula - Murcia)

What to see in Mula


Medieval Quarter

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Medieval Quarter (Mula - Murcia)
In medieval times and on the hillside of “Cerro Cabezo” stood the Islamic Mule: a fortified square with a Muslim fortress where the governors lived.

Today, despite more modern homes, you can discover some of its fascinating medieval elements. Located in the old town of Mula, the medieval quarter not only treasures parts of the wall, the base of a tower, and the remains of the access gates but also picturesque narrow and labyrinthine streets that transport its visitors.

Los Fajardo Castle

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The Castle of Los Fajardo or Castle of Los Vélez, also known as the Castle of Mula, conquers the view of the city from the top of the hill that protects it. Raised in the 16th century, this monument was sent to be built by the Marquis of Los Vélez, not to defend the town but to ensure the submission of the inhabitants of Mula.

In the castle, there are four distinctive elements: a tower, a central nave with a barrel vault, one attached to the nave and the cistern.
You can also see its fixed bridge, originally a drawbridge. Today, the castle is privately owned and does not offer visits to the public.

Painted House

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Painted House (Mula - Murcia)
Headquarters of the Cristóbal Gabarrón Foundation, it was built in 1770 by the important Blaya family and initially was a palatial house in Mula. Today this house can easily be distinguished by the peculiar paintings in the Baroque-Murcian style on its facade.

Named for the peculiar white graffiti on a red background that decorates it, this building houses an exceptional museum whose main objective is to promote art awareness and knowledge of the culture of the region of Murcia.
Likewise, this foundation tries to analyse the Jewish and Christian Arab cultures and their legacy in the Mediterranean region.

Castle of Alcala

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Known as the Castle of La Puebla de Mula, this is located near the town of La Puebla and about 120 meters above the plains. This imposing fortress dominates the landscape.

The castle of Islamic origins dates from the 7th century and was built to control the old enclave of Mula.

Its strategic location and important defensive structure also allowed it to play a leading role during the incorporation of the Kingdom of Murcia to the Crown of Castile.
In 1985, this site was declared a Site of Cultural Interest.

Convent of Saint Francis

Convent of Saint Francis (Mula - Murcia)
Next to the Church of Our Lady of the Conception and formerly communicated, today its convent can be appreciated.

This is a 16th-century building erected by the Franciscan congregation. Even today you can see its rooms and mainly a brick cloister with arched openings, originally open, that illuminated the galleries.

On the ground floor were the common dining room and its kitchens, with access to a cellar.
In the centre of its patio, there are still two stone cisterns, initially used for water supply. In the course of its history, this site was sold and used as houses and an inn by its new owner, while its church was rented for a theatre. It was not until 1894 that this site was ceded to the Bishopric and conditioned to offer religious services again.

In 2013, the building was successfully restored and is currently home to the City of Mula Museum.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hermitage

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Ermita del Carmen (Mula - Murcia)
Towards the middle of the 16th century, when the churches of Mula were no longer enough to house so many parishioners, the expansion of the Church of Saint Dominic began.

Surrounded by hamlets and with a narrow possibility of expansion, the other church in Mula, the Church of Saint Michael, did not offer a viable solution. It was then decided to build a new church as well. These two from then on were called Saint Michael “the new” and Saint Michael “the old”.
It was not until the early 17th century that the hermitage passed to its current invocation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

In the 18th century, this building was remodelled, obtaining the space as we see it today. In this same period, the surrounding farmhouses were demolished to build access to the square of the temple.

Hospital of Immaculate Conception

Hospital of Immaculate Conception (Mula - Murcia)
With the arrival of the Franciscans in Mula in 1576, the old Hospital of Saint Peter and the chapel of the Immaculate Conception were enabled, while their monastery was being built on the lands that the Council ceded to them.

In 1585, the Franciscans decided to stay permanently on the premises of the hospital and build a new hospital complex on the land given, in honour of the Immaculate Conception. This is how the current Hospital of Immaculate Conception was born.
This historic building now houses the Library and Municipal Archive, as well as the Centre for the Elderly and day stays.

Church of Saint Michael the Archangel

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Church of Saint Michael the Archangel (Mula - Murcia)
Located in the main square, next to the Clock Tower, is this church with a Latin cross plan, an icon of Mula.

Largely destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, its front door was the only item recovered. Originally, the altar had a baroque-style canopy far superior to the one we see today.

This temple houses a painting museum, donated in 1940 by the widow of Pedro Luis Blaza.
After the Spanish Civil War, this art-loving family intended to beautify this church, which was then in a state of apparent destruction, and donated their collection gathered over the years.

Church of Saint Dominic de Guzmán

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Church of Saint Dominic de Guzmán (Mula - Murcia)
In the upper part of the municipality, this ancient temple dating from the 16th century can be seen. Apparently built on a Muslim mosque that was Christianized, the current building, as we see it, was remodelled on several occasions.

During the festivities of the pilgrimage that commemorates the appearance of the Infant Jesus of Mula to Fray Pedro de Jesús, this temple takes on particular significance. In September, the return of the Infant Jesus of Mula to his sanctuary begins at this site.
A multitude of devotees gathers in the Church of Saint Dominic de Guzmán and its surroundings to accompany the procession.

Royal Monastery of the Incarnation

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Royal Monastery of the Incarnation (Mula - Murcia)
This is located in the old town of the upper area of Mula. The Royal Monastery of the Incarnation is linked to the appearance of the Infant Jesus of Mula and also plays an important role in the festivities of the pilgrimage in September.

Considered Royal Heritage, the monastery was initially the only conventual foundation in Murcia. The convent was originally composed of two areas divided by the old Camino Real (currently known as the Nuns Street).
A visit to this religious construction is part of the well-known route of the hidden rebirth of the churches of Mula.

City of Mula Museum

City of Mula Museum (Mula - Murcia)
For all visitors who would like to get to know Mula in depth, explore its history and discover its traditions, this exceptional museum, located in the Convent of Saint Francis, offers temporary exhibitions, workshops and guided tours, among other activities.

After crossing the arch of ashlars at its entrance and amid the architectural and historical singularity of the convent, visitors are received with an audio-visual projection on the cultural and tourist heritage of the site. From there, they begin their journey through the rich history of Mula and its region.

Art Museum of Saint Michael the Archangel

Art Museum of Saint Michael the Archangel (Mula - Murcia)
Located on Puerta Mula street and as an annex to the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel is this attractive museum. Situated in the illustrious square of the town hall, the building houses mainly an important collection of paintings donated by the family of Don Pedo Blaya, at the end of the Spanish Civil War.

This is a two-story building attached to the chapel. With works of religious and secular themes, its five rooms offer a significant encounter with art from the 16th to 20th centuries.

El Cigarralejo Iberian Art Museum

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El Cigarralejo Iberian Art Museum (Mula - Murcia)
Installed in the Palace of the Marquises of Menahermosa, in the centre of Mula, the “El Cigarralejo” Iberian Art Museum houses important pieces dating from the Iberian period.

In its ten permanent exhibition rooms, the exhibits are dedicated to the Necropolis of El Cigarralejo. All located on the first floor, they exhibit more than eight funerary items in a chronological manner and educational exhibits on the agriculture, economy and art of the time. It also has a temporary exhibition room and other spaces such as a library with more than 400 volumes.
Despite being somewhat hidden, the El Cigarralejo Iberian Art Museum is a must for history lovers.

Mula Town Hall

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Ayuntamiento (Mula - Murcia)
Since its inception, the Main Square or Town Hall Square has been the central point in the social life of the town of Mula. There, its inhabitants bought handicrafts and agricultural products and gathered to hold protests, celebrate important events or even witness executions.

Among other important events, this site takes on particular importance today during the Night of the Drums, the Saint Isidore the Farmer procession in May, and the September fairs.
Located in this square is the Mula Town Hall, a 17th-century building that has been remodelled several times throughout history.

Clock Tower

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Clock Tower (Mula - Murcia)
Located in the town hall square, blue in colour and with a glazed ceramic dome, is this important tower.

Originally erected to house a clock and show the time when the area’s cultivated fields were watered, the Clock Tower has always been essential in the agricultural life of the Mula population.

Although the current tower as we see it was built in 1806, Mula has had a clock for at least five centuries.

Sanctuary of the Infant Jesus of Mula

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Sanctuary of the Infant Jesus of Mula (Mula - Murcia)
With a sober and traditional exterior of the churches in the area, the hermitage is a baroque construction, with two bell towers that stand out on a brick facade.

Built in the 13th century, the hermitage has a Latin cross plan with a central nave, two chapels on the sides and a vault. Inside are decorations based on rockeries and plasterwork and Solomonic columns on the altar. In it, the carved figure of the Infant Jesus can be seen. Despite its small size, the hermitage has great heritage value.
In September, the festivities of “the pilgrimage” conclude on this site. In a final celebration, the Infant Jesus returns to this sanctuary from the Convent of the Incarnation. After the procession, crowds enjoy cookouts nearby.

Milano Shelters

Discovered in the Mula river basin in 1985, this site harbours thousands of years of history. It is one of the most significant sites in the municipality of Mula and is part of the World Heritage. Cave paintings and an impressive burial from the Neolithic era are preserved in the two shelters that make it up.

Shelter I, larger in size, houses paintings along its rocky wall. Shelter II, smaller in size, testifies to a collective burial dating from the Neolithic.
Today, this site is part of the Cave Art Sites of the Mediterranean Arch and is a suggested visit point in the Cultural Itinerary of the Council of Europe.

El Cigarralejo Site

Located on a hill about 3 kilometres from Mula and over an area of 3,000 square meters, this corner houses an Iberian town, its necropolis and a sanctuary that allow us today to imagine how the first settlers of the peninsular region lived.

Excavations of the site, which began in 1947, took place for almost forty years without interruption. The recovered collection is currently exhibited at the El Cigarralejo Iberian Art Museum.
Although difficult to access even on foot, its immense historical wealth and beautiful views are worth a visit.

Roman Villa of Los Villaricos

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Roman Villa of Los Villaricos (Mula - Murcia)
One of the many witnesses to the conquest of the Romans in the Iberian Peninsula, this site houses the town of Los Villaricos, an example of Roman settlements in the rural areas of Mula.

Developed between the 5th and 6th centuries BC, this town was originally a residential space, divided into thermal areas, domestic areas and workspaces such as the production of agricultural products.
When the town was abandoned, this area for residential use began to function as a kind of basilica where various burials have been made. The site is open to the public and admission is free.

Caputa Fountain and Rambla Parea

Hidden between the vegetation and its surroundings, about 40 km from the town of Mula, is this place with magnificent natural pools of crystalline waters at different heights.

In this environment of pine forests and vertical limestone walls, a water source, some pools and waterfalls can also be found on the site, ideal for taking a bath or some beautiful photographs.
For the more adventurous, there are also passable trails to explore on foot. Because they are somewhat hidden, Caputa Fountain and Rambla Parea are usually not well known or crowded, even in the high season. However, access is quite simple and the sites can easily be reached by car.

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