Episcopal Palace

Murcia, Spain

The Episcopal Palace of Murcia is a historic building located in Cardenal Belluga Square. It is the official headquarter of the Diocese of Cartagena. Built in the 18th century with very unique architectural elements, it is one of the most important works of monumental heritage in Murcia. Several master stonemasons collaborated in its construction. It is a magnificent example of rococo style, with a square floor plan, between Italian and French, with sober volumes and delicate decorative grace, evident in its beautiful façades.

It was built with clear influences from the last Italian mannerism. Mural treatments based on fresco ornamentations are a feature of roman and Neapolitan palaces.

From the interior there some things of great interest: the imperial staircase, the courtyard, organized in three arcades in Doric order and a more compact upper body, and a small chapel with circular plan and rococo style that is open 24 hours.

The so-called Hammer of the Palace (the bishop's viewpoint); it is an outgoing breakwater built before the construction of the main body began in order to have a viewpoint over the Segura River and the Paseo del Arenal or Glorieta.

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Founded: 1738-1754
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Spain

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Gul Tanrıverdi (2 years ago)
Fabulous
Alan Walker (2 years ago)
If in the Murcia area this is well worth a visit.
manuel sanchez (3 years ago)
Good,s there
macedonboy (3 years ago)
The Episcopal Palace is the official residence of the Bishop of Malaga and is a group of of buildings built next to Malaga Cathedral. The facade of the building is a fine example of Spanish Baroque with some beautiful sculptures easily visible from the facing Plaza del Obispo. Much of the palace is given over to religious art exhibitions, mostly of sculptures. Some of which are absolutely stunning, especially depictions of the Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Sadly, photographing the sculptures on exhibit is not permitted.
Gordon Shure (6 years ago)
A singular example of why Murcia is a place truly worthy of visiting. The Episcopalian Palace bursts with classical architectural finesse and an inspiring, historic air. If you are patient, the street before it can be empty of pedestrians, allowing for a clear photograph of the structure's splendid archways and centuries old contours.
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