It was in the 18th century that the city became truly splendid, and it is known as the Murcian Golden Age. Murcia remained on the side of the Bourbons in the War of Succession, which led to major urban and administrative improvements. During this time works such as the Old Bridge, the Baroque façade of the Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace were built, as well as a good deal of other mansions, monasteries, convents and churches, with beautiful altarpieces. Murcia still retains that baroque hallmark in its old town today. This was the age of sculptors of the likes of Francisco Salzillo, his father Nicolás, and Roque López, among others.
During the 19th century, Murcia was directly affected by the instability caused by the War of Independence. In this century, gas lighting was fully installed throughout the city, and buildings such as the Town Hall and the Casino began construction.