Murcia History

A quick overview of Murcia history, outlining the story of the city in south-eastern Spain.

Brief History of Murcia Spain

Murcia History - The city of Murcia is full of many different and varied faces. Founded in 325 AD by Abderraman II, it developed by the 10th Century in to an emerging capital city noted for its important court of artists and scientists.

As the capital city of the region of Murcia, the city’s defensive walls and irrigation systems in the ‘Huerta’ all date back to Moorish times, as can the layout of the city’s streets. The Muslims called Murcia ‘El Jardin’ (the garden) because of the abundance of the harvests of the fruit growing trees. This fertile land has been inhabited for over 5,000 years by a succession of people including Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and of course the Moors.

In 1266 Murcia joined the Castillian crown and enjoyed a period of great prosperity and splendour. King Alfonso X, known as ‘the wise’ loved the city, spending long periods of time living there. He called it the best city in all of Andalucia after Seville.

Alfonso granted the city many special privileges, in order to encourage commerce and harmony amongst the many different religions and cultures resident in Murcia at that time. In 15th Century the famous Acts of the Huerta were passed, possible the only rural Spanish code. The irrigation system was almost completed and trade was flourishing.

The modern city is also the regional capital of Murcia province, and has an important university. It is a lively and happy city; Murcians being great lovers of tradition celebrating their fiestas with great gusto.

(Article from The Leader)

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