Points of Interest Near Hacienda Del Alamo – The History Of Murcia
Murcia is the closest major town to the Hacienda Del Alamo resort, and like most parts of South East Spain it has an incredibly rich history.
Even just the name Murcia is a clue to the varied history of the area. Most historians agree that the name comes from the word Murtius: a common Roman name for a town. This then became the Arabic “Mursiya” when the area was in possession of the Moors. This became the modern day Murcia when the south of Spain became Christian again.
While this part of Spain was part of the Roman Empire, it was under Moorish masters that it truly flourished. The Emir of Cordoba set up the city in its current location, and set about transforming the surrounding landscape with a complex series of irrigation channels. This made the town become both populous and prosperous.
After the fall of the Caliphate of Cordoba, the region was ruled by a variety of warring factions. It was under Muhammad Ibn Mardanis that Murcia became the capital of an incredibly affluent independent state. The ceramic industry was booming, and Murcia pottery was widely exported. The city’s coinage also became regarded as a reliable store of wealth all over Europe.
This period of peace and prosperity was not to last, however. It wasn’t long before the forces of the Christian Reconquista took the city. This started a 400 year period where Murcia was in steep decline, partly because of less trade in the Mediterranean and also partly due to wars between the Christians and the Ottoman Empire.
The town flourished again in the 18th century, as it again became a place of industry. This time it was silks and not ceramics that were bringing the majority of trade to Murcia. Other than looting in the Napoleonic wars, Murcia has been generally prosperous since then.
Residents of Hacienda Del Alamo won’t have to look far to discover this incredible history. When you live there you will have several fascinating historical sites almost on your doorstep. This includes the incredible 11th century Monteagudo Castle and the Cathedral of Murcia, built between 1394 and 1465. Enthusiasts of more recent history will be able to visit the 17th century Almudi Palace, which regularly hosts various historical exhibitions.
The town also has several museums, where talented curators serve up fascinating exhibits. The town’s main museum is the Salzillo Museum, named after the Spanish sculptor Francisco Salzillo. Visitors will be able to discover the history of Murcia through beautiful artworks, including one of the world’s finest collections of 18th century Christian sculptures.
There is also the San Juan de Dios church museum. In the basement of the church visitors can explore the remains of an 11thcentury Moorish mosque, as well as look through various exhibits about the town.
However you don’t need to go into a museum to explore the rich history of Murcia. It’s all around you, in the varied and beautiful architecture of the town and even the cobblestones beneath your feet.