Caravaca de la Cruz

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  • View of Caravaca de la Cruz and the shrine. Murcia

This is one of the holy cities of Christianity and as such it celebrates its Holy Year every seven years (the next is in 2017). The city has grown up around the castle of Muslim origins that houses the shrine of La Santísima Vera Cruz.Read more...

What to see The castle is one of the iconic sites in Caravaca de la Cruz. Its 14 towers are there to safeguard the shrine of the Santísima Vera Cruz, the site of the Sacred Museum. It is particularly worth noting the red marble façade of the shrine. In spite of the its Islamic origin, the fortress was used by the orders of the knights Templar and Santiago. The city has important examples of the Renaissance architecture of Murcia, of which the finest is the church of El Salvador. One option is to take the cultural route around the Carmelite convent and the churches of La Soledad (today the Archaeological Museum) and La Purísima Concepción. Festivities The festivities of the Santísima Vera Cruz take place between 1 and 5 May. The two main highlights are the colourful parades of the Caballos del Vino (Wine Horses) and the Moors and Christians festival. On the third Sunday of each month there is a Pilgrims' Market selling typical products and crafts. Gastronomy Traditional dishes include 'migas ruleras' (savoury fried breadcrumbs), hearty soups and 'tartera' (roast lamb and potatoes with garlic mayonnaise). Rice dishes are also very popular. And for dessert, 'alfajores' (sweet pastries) and 'yemas' (sugared egg yolks).

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Caravaca de la Cruz

Caravaca de la Cruz