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Murcia is a city located in southeastern Spain on the River Segura. It is a popular historic city founded in 825 by the emir of Córdoba.

It is believed that Murcia's name is derived from the Latin words Myrtéa or Murtea, meaning land of Myrtle (the plant that grows in the area). The name may also be derived from the Roman word Murtia, Murtius which means village. The town is now primarily a service center and university town. It has a long culture and produces many agricultural products and exports many fruits, vegetables and flowers.

The Cathedral of Murcia was built between 1394 and 1465, in the Castilian Gothic style. The tower was completed in 1792 and shows a blend of architectural styles. The first two floors were built in the Renaissance style, while the third was built in Baroque style. The pavilion exhibits both Rococo and Neoclassical influences. The façade is considered a masterpiece of the Spanish Baroque style.

Other notable buildings that you should definitely see are the colorful Bishop's Palace and the controversial extension to the town hall by Rafael Moneo.

Several bridges span the river Segura. From the 18th century dates Puente de los Peligros, a stone bridge with a chapel on one side, to the modern bridges designed by Santiago Calatrava and Javier Manterola. The Puente Nuevo is an iron bridge of the early 20th century.

The Santa Clara Monastery was built in the 14th century in Gothic style. Excavations in the 12th century uncovered parts of a pavilion and fragments of murals. There is an exhibition of Moorish art: ceramics and tools from various Islamic periods, and a collection of religious art and history of the monastery.

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