Tourism in Murcia
Episcopal Palace: a unique monumental peak in the heart of the city
Next to the cathedral of Murcia, it is one of the most important buildings of the monumental heritage of the city of Murcia, built in the 18th century.
Cultural Heritage Site since 1992
The Episcopal Palace is a historic building located in Cardenal Belluga Square. It is the official headquarter of the Diocese of Cartagena. Built in the 18th century, it was declared a Property of Cultural Interest in 1992.
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.
A return to the Italian palaces of the Renaissance
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.
A privileged viewpoint over the Segura River
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.
It also has an attached exhibition hall called the Hammer (Martillo).