The Autonomous Community of Murcia offers an extensive cultural panorama, with a wide infrastructure of facilities: 75 museums, 12 theaters, 5 Auditoriums, a Congress Center and 41 convention centers designated to the celebration of exhibitions and contests.
The Historical-Artistic Heritage Roman Theater of Cartagena:
The extensive history of this region conserves a wide artistic heritage. Along with ten historical-artistic ensembles, we must highlight other monuments, such as the prehistoric remains of the Bagil dolmen and the paintings of the Cueva de los Monigotes in Calasparra, on the banks of the Segura river. In Cartagena there are many vestiges of Roman times, roads, public buildings and a magnificent theater.
From the first dawn of Christianity there are remains of a Paleo-Christian basilica in Algezares and the ruins of the Roman-Visigothic city of Begastri.
The Islamic presence left traces throughout the Murcian geography; of them perhaps the most interesting due to its state of preservation and the data it provides about this culture is the urban set of Medina Siyasa, located in Cieza.
Castle of Lorca The medieval-Christian Murcia is represented in numerous castles, which mark the valley of Guadalentín and northwest Murcia: the Torre Alfonsina in Lorca, the fortress in Moratalla raised by the Order of Santiago is the defensive bastion of the mountain village of Aledo.
During the Renaissance, many religious buildings were erected. A sample is the magnificent church of San Patricio in Lorca or the Mudejar coffered ceiling of the Santa de Totana. From this time, the watchtowers scattered along the coast were built as a defense against the invasions of Berber pirates.
The splendor of the Baroque age is shown in civil works such as the Almudí, an old grain deposit and today the art center of the Murcia City Council; or the malecon, a retaining wall built to prevent flooding of the Segura River. Among the religious constructions that stand out, Jerónimos Monastery, the baroque facade in red marble of the Santurario de La Vera Cruz in Caravaca and the Palacio de Guevara, located in Lorca.
Murcia Casino: The neoclassical and modernist style is best shown in the Casino de Murcia; in the exceptional set of buildings scattered around the city of Cartagena, and in the beautiful modernist market of La Unión.
Junterones Chapel - Murcia Cathedral. The Cathedral of Murcia deserves a separate chapter. It is necessary to emphasize its magnificent Tower that, with 92 meters of height, is the most representative symbol of the city.
The different artistic manifestations are exposed in the network of pinacotecas of the region, integrated by the archaeological museums of Murcia, Lorca, Jumilla, Calasparra, Caravaca, Yecla, Cehegín, Cieza and Mula. The latter brings together one of the best Iberian art collections in the country. In Cartagena, in addition, there is a Museum of Maritime Archeology.
Other aspects of the traditions and cultural manifestations of this community are exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts of Murcia, the first regional pinacoteca; in the sacred art collections of the Cathedral of Murcia, Caravaca, Cehegín and Moratalla; the Naval Museum located in the port city of Cartagena; next to the capital; the wine museum "Juan Carcelén" in the wine town of Jumilla and the museums located in the city of Murcia dedicated to the painter Ramón Gaya, the magnificent sculptor Salzillo and Science.
The richness of this community's crafts, with more than 400 workshops, can be seen visiting the Centers for Crafts of Murcia, Lorca and Cartagena, where pieces of the different trades are exhibited: ceramics, objects made with esparto, carpets , goldsmiths, embroidery and nativity scenes.