Cueva del Arco in Cieza, prehistoric art and a site which was occupied by in Neanderthal times
The Cieza caves may help explain how and why the Neanderthals died out The Cueva del Arco in Cieza is a spectacular rock formation where a large arch has been formed by erosion, hence its name, and the caves in the area are also home to some of..

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Las Encañizadas; protecting this historic fishing technique in La Manga del Mar Menor
Fish doesn´t get any fresher than this! Fish are trapped in reed mazes as they migrate between the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean. Many of the agricultural traditions in the Region of Murcia reflect the melting pot of cultures and civilizations..

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The Muralla del Mar in Cartagena, part of the last defensive wall to surround the city
The last city wall of Cartagena was built on the orders of Carlos III Very few visitors to Cartagena will fail to be impressed by the huge wall which lies parallel to the seafront in the main port area close to the old centre, but few appreciate..

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A history of Lorca, part 1: pre-history
From the Paleolithic to the Iberians in the municipality of Lorca Lorca as we know it today is the third largest city in the Region of Murcia, with a population in the municipality of over 90,000 and a deserved reputation for having one of the..

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Lorca Castle The Fortaleza del Sol
The Fortaleza del Sol in Lorca A visit to Lorca castle is a great day out for families or those with an interest in history, its spacious grounds hosting several interesting displays which focus on Mediaeval Murcia and the many cultures which..

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A history of Lorca, part 2: the Romans, the Moors and the Christian Reconquista
Lorca from the 1st century BC to the 13th Century AD By the time of the last years before the birth of Christ permanent settlements had existed for many centuries at the site of the current city of Lorca and in other parts of the municipality...

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The MUDEM museum and the medieval wall of Molina de Segura
A highly interactive museum in Molina which makes medieval history fun! The Museo del Enclave de la Muralla (or MUDEM) in Molina de Segura was designed to house and display to the public the remains of the medieval wall which was built almost..

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The archaeological museum in Lorca
The oldest cloth in Europe and a journey through the history of Lorca from pre-history until the 15th century By no means every town or city in Spain has enough archaeological wealth to boast its own museum, but in the case of Lorca the sites..

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Roman milestones in Lorca
The most visible milestone in Lorca is a replica which is now part of the Casa de los Marín Ponce Relatively little is known about Lorca during the centuries of Roman occupation in the Iberian Peninsula, except that it was known as Eliocroca (..

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The history of Portmán
Portmán was a natural harbour at the service of the mining industry which eventually ruined it What is now the village of Portmán in the administrative district of La Unión lies in a natural sheltered harbor at the foot of one of the greatest..

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The Fajardos, Marqueses de Los Vélez
The Marqueses de los Vélez, the Fajardos, a name frequently seen in the Region of Murcia The names of Vélez and Fajardo are frequently seen throughout the Region of Murcia, linked with castles, Murcia Cathedral, the history of various municipalities..

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Mula Castle, el Castillo de los Vélez
Mula, Fortaleza de la familia Fajardo This castle is the foremost landmark of the city of Mula, perched on top of the hill which protects Mula from its neighbours to the north, dominating the skyline, the town crouched at its feet. It was built..

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Begastri Cehegin
Introduction to Begastri, Cehegín Location of Begastri The site is 3km from the centre of Cehegín and is located on the edge of the Vía Verde, popular with both walkers and cyclists alike, a former railway line which linked Murcia and Caravaca..

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Cartagena, The Molinete.
The District of the Roman Forum, the Molinete El Barrio del Foro Romana Much of Roman Cartagena lies buried beneath the modern city, but archaeologists have a very clear idea of the layout of the Roman city and the elements it would have contained..

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History of Calasparra
Calasparra: 100,000 years of history Calasparra is a town of sanctuary, and has been so since the earliest signs of human occupation in the Region of Murcia, a municipality offering safety and shelter in the rocky outcrops and caves which characterise..

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A history of Cartagena, part 1: from prehistory to the Argaric culture
The first pre-human remains in Cartagena are among the earliest in Europe at 1.3 million years old The history of Cartagena is a long and fascinating one, providing insights into the mix of cultural and racial influences over thousands of years..

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 A history of Cartagena, part 2: from the Iberians to the Romans
The identify of Cartagena is forged by successive cultures Cartagena may have been home to many pre-historic races and civilizations (see the first part of the local history), but it was in the first millennium BC that the first of the cultures..

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A history of Cartagena, part 3: from the 5th century to the 15th century
From the Visigoths and the Moors to the Reconquista and the  Catholic Monarchs By the fall of the Roman Empire in western Europe in 476 AD the city of Cartagena had lived through various periods of growth, wealth and splendor. The area had..

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A history of Cartagena, part 4: from the 16th century to the present day
The millennia-old city of Cartagena becomes one of the most important naval bases in Spain At the start of the 16th century in Spain there was, for the first time since the Reconquista began almost 300 years previously, a sense of national identity..

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Sinking of the Castillo de Olite
The worst naval catastrophe of the Spanish civil War. The story of the Castillo de Olite, sunk 1939, Cartagena It is generally agreed by historians that the final phase of the Civil War in Spain lasted from approximately December 1938 to April..

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A history of Alhama de Murcia
The connection with water runs from the Roman baths to the Tajo-Segura supply canal These days Alhama de Murcia is a prosperous medium-sized town in the south-west of the Region of Murcia, approximately half way between the cities of Murcia and..

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The castle of Alhama de Murcia
The fortress of Alhama was built by the Moors and later occupied by Christian feudal lords During its history the Region of Murcia has been occupied by a series of cultures which define both its character and the people who live here today, and..

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The Iberians 750 BC to 1st Century BC
Definition of Iberian culture in Murcia, 750 BC to around 1st Century BC Traces of the Iberian culture are found time and time again across the Region of Murcia, yet this culture is something that´s quite difficult to define in narrow terms as..

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Francisco Salzillo y Alcaraz, Brief Biography
Francisco Salzillo, 1707-1783 Francisco Salzillo y Alcaraz, Born Murcia 12th May 1707 - 2nd March 1783 Francisco Salzillo was one of the greatest Spanish baroque sculptors, dedicated to producing religious works of the highest quality, renowned..

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History of La Unión
La Unión, 2000 years of mining activity Prehistoric La Unión The only way to understand this landscape and what remains today is to understand the past, and there´s only one thing which dominates in La Unión and that´s man´s quest for mineral..

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Following the Phoenicians in the Region of Murcia
The Phoenicians in the Region of Murcia The Phoenicians were a great trading nation who plied their wares throughout the Mediterranean, at their most active in the region of Murcia during the period of 600BC. They are known to have been trading..

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