Royal Casino of Murcia is a jewel of eclecticism located in the heart of the historical centre Murcia. It is a unique building from an architectural point of view, located in an emblematic place in the capital, Trapería Street, of which it is a hallmark. Its construction began in 1847. The building is a mixture of different artistic currents that coexisted in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century in Spain and was declared a national historical-artistic monument in 1983.
Through the entrance door and a small neo-Baroque lobby, you access the Arabiam Courtyard, whose spectacular neonazari style decoration required more than 20,000 sheets of gold leaf.
It is also worth noting the library, in which stands out its upper grandstand of carved woods, supported by casting brackets depicting flamingos and the adjoining ladies’ room that is decorated with female allegories of the goddess Selene painted on the ceiling.
The Ballroom is perhaps the best known and most splendid witness if the social life of Murcia for more than a century
It's neo-Baroque in style. The valuable paintings that embellish it - four midwives in the clouds - represent Music, Sculpture, Painting and Architecture. Four medallions represent the illustrious children of Murcia: Romea, Salzillo, Floridablanca and Villacís.
It is also worth noting the billiard room, and two meeting rooms with huge windows to the Trapería Street which the Murcians, with the fine humor that characterizes them, nicknamed las Peceras (fishbowls).References:
The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village. Settlement here began sometime between 500 and 200 BC. At the centre of the settlement is a stone tower or broch, which once probably reached a height of around 10 metres. Its interior is divided into sections by upright slabs. The tower features two skins of drystone walls, with stone-floored galleries in between. These are accessed by steps. Stone ledges suggest that there was once an upper storey with a timber floor. The roof would have been thatched, surrounded by a wall walk linked by stairs to the ground floor. The broch features two hearths and a subterranean stone cistern with steps leading down into it. It is thought to have some religious significance, relating to an Iron Age cult of the underground.
The remains of the central tower are up to 3.6 metres high, and the stone walls are up to 4.1 metres thick.