For many visitors to this blog, seeing snow is not unusual. For those who live in the Region of Murcia is something extraordinary, due to the latitude, and the influence of the Mediterranean.
Image: Northwest fields, totally snowy.
The Northwest of Region of Murcia has been covered with snow (also Northeast). Several villages were isolated by snow. Bullas, Caravaca de la Cruz, ...
Snow machines had a lot of work.
Image: Snowy Cehegín.
Panoramic view of Medina Siyasa site.
The white cubicle is a protection of one of the houses to avoid its erosion and to be able to visit it. This house is rebuilt in the Museum of Medina Siyasa that can be visited in Cieza.
As I mentioned in the previous post, about 20 houses have been excavated, but more than 700 have been recorded. Some 4,000 people lived here from the first presences in the 11th century to their maximum of explendor in the 12th and 13th centuries
In the excavated part you can walk through its streets and see how they could live there.
These houses were constructed with a great extension but they had to be restructured by reason of the population growth, showing most of the excavated a structure of four habitacles that surrounded a central patio. With the increase of the population, the space to build was decreasing and thus the size of the dwellings.
This arrangement helped in the way of life of the Muslim family during the Middle Ages in which their rich daily life was conceived in the interior of their dwellings, in the intimacy of their members, without showing anything to the outside. Due to this, there are hardly any signs of windows open to the busy streets of the town.
In the picture you can see, from the interior of the house, how it was distributed, with the rooms around the central courtyard, which in this case also had a small pond.
And the views, spectacular.
The city of Medina Siyâsa (at Cieza, Region of Murcia) is the most important archaeological site in Islamic decoration of Europe, and is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Iberian Peninsula
It is an uninhabited 11th century, which had its greatest splendor in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
As it was abandoned, what can be seen, on this side of the mountain, is that the inclement weather and time, buried this rural city that is at the foot of the Alcazaba.
Some 20 houses have been discovered and unearthed so far, out of the 700 houses that were built according to different texts of the time.
From Traperia street (at Murcia old town), I have framed the Casino facade and the Bell Tower of the Cathedral of Murcia, last Xmas time.
More about Casino of Murcia and Cathedral of Murcia, please, visit labels about it.
Show of water, light and effects on the river Segura. Riverbank. The Light of the Segura. Every hour there will be a show of water, light and effects on the river, in the area of Los Molinos. Free access. From January 2nd to 4th.
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First of all: Happy New Year. I wish you a healthy 2017.
As usually, the first Theme Day of the year starts with the Best Photo from last year.
I took this picture last june 2016. I have selected because of its brightness and because it is the first time that I have ever taken in that way.
Anyway, it is so difficult to choice only one picture of 260 that I took last year. Therefore, I have selected a phot of each month so that you can choose, if you think it appropiate, or if you want to revisit them.
- January: 3D Over Moneo, a composition of a projection over a building.
- February: Against Terrorism, a shocking monument at Cartagena.
- March: Father's Day 2016, a view of three generations.
- April: Sunbathing Platform and Sunbathing, two views from the "same" place (very difficult to choice).
- May: Child's Play, a beautiful moment of a boy playing at the shore of the beach.
- June: Star Ceiling, at Royal Casino of Murcia. But I would like also that you visit: Fireworks At Bonfires Of St John 2016.
- July: Old Bridge in a Summer Night, no comments to add.
- August: An Owl is Coming, taking a picture just in the right moment.
- September: Awesome Wakeboarding, this could be selected for the Best Photo.
- October: Tea Time, I have to select one of the B/W picture that I have posted last year.
- November: Four Seasons Garden, a beautiful perspective of a beautiful place.
- December: Portman Bay. Starts a new future? A hopeful landscape.
During the last three days, a jazz-marching-band (New Orleans style) has been touring the streets of Murcia. With the title of "Goodbye Year 2016", we have been able to enjoy fantastic music.
Now, enjoy New Year's Eve, and I wish you a Happy New Year and a healthy 2017.
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Although Santa Claus has a lot of acceptance, the Three Kings are still the favorite of Spanish children.
In the image, Royal Mailbox, so that the children deposit their letters addressed to the The Magi. Each slot in the mailbox is addressed to one of the Three Kings: Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar.
They will come on January 5th to 6th at night.
Many of Murcia homes have been visited by Santa Claus.
Until not many years ago, there were few homes that received Father Christmas. But, because of children have more time to play (in Spain, until January 9, school do not start again), Santa visits us more.
Image: Big artificial Xmas Tree at Murcia city.
Last weekend, in the southeast of Spain, in the Region of Murcia, has been raining for three consecutive days. It has rained in these three days what rained all last year.
In the image, the river Segura a few meters from touching the Iron Bridge.
Here, a shocking video of floods.
Here, the usually river level.
Images of the beginning of work in Portman Bay. The sterile ones are taken to another place, where they are allowed to dry, and then, they are taken to an abandoned quarry. When mixed with remains of mineral quartz and other minerals, they will become inert.
I took this picture of Portman Bay a the Portman village from Cenizas Mountain a few days ago.
Since last week, the town of Portman has been news again. At last, it seems that the work of regeneration of its bay has begun.
Let's do some history. These mountains were, since Romans times (Century I), mining zone, and already then, they extracted silver from here.
So this village, and La Union town (a few kilometers from here) have always been a mining area.
Since 1957, the French company Peñarroya, took charge of the extraction of minerals (Cadmium, Lead and Silver) from this area. The wastes generated by the washing of the minerals (using copper sulfate, sodium cyanide, zinc sulfate, sulfuric acid, among others) were initially deposited on the sides of the mountain slopes but, in order to reduce costs, they decided to throw them to the Sea. As the years went by, the discharge into the Mediterranean Sea was increasing, reaching 8000 tonnes of waste a day.
The government of dictator Franco time, and the early years of democracy, allowed this environmental atrocity, relying on maintaining jobs.
In 1986 a spectacular action of the international ecological association Greenpeace takes place, chaining some of its members to the pipes of discharge.
In 1987, Peñarroya transferred the company to Portman Golf, and in March 1990, the dumping to the sea was definitively closed.
It is considered the biggest environmental disaster of heavy metals in the Mediterranean.
In the image below, you can see the immense amount of debris that filled the bay of Portman, a bay about 8 meters deep, in which large boats were docked.
I have pointed out the place in which was the old port of the nautical club of Portman. (click on the image to see details).
Here you can see Spanish videos about this disaster: 1 and 2.
In the Museum of the City of Murcia, you can see a series of objects from the beginning of this city to our days.
In the image, 3D city map in its beginnings, more than 800 years ago. At that time the city had been built at north of the Segura River. You can see the wall that surrounded and protected the city.
Among the celebrations of the 750th anniversary of the creation of the council of Murcia, in the Museum of the City of Murcia, you can visit the exhibition "El Fuero Juzgo, Vigencia y permanencia" (The Jurisdiction, Validity and Permanence). Among other things, it shows the vicissitudes that had to suffer this document since in 1751, King Ferdinand VI asked the council Murcia to allow the transfer of the codex to the Cathedral of Toledo to make a compendium of Hispanic legislation, until it was returned in 1916. El Fuero Juzgo, the Jurisdiction, is a set of laws that were used to govern a region, whose origin dates back to the Middle Ages, during the time of the Visigoth kings, a series of kings those came from the Germanic zones.
"After the agreement of Tudmir, in 713, by which the Visigothic king Teodomiro yields to the Muslim conquerors the territories of the Valley of the Segura, Abderraman II in 825 founds the city of Murcia like administrative capital of the former Cora of Tudmir. The Muslims would govern the city during the next four centuries until by a new pact, agreement of Alcaraz, in 1243, the Muslim kingdom of Murcia was incorporated to Kingdom of Castile. The year 1266 would still have to come to the Castilian government, after Jaime I of Aragon, to quell the Mudejar revolt. The 14 of May of 1266, Alfonso X sends to Murcia the privilege by which it grants the Law of Seville, like legal document founding to create the council and to organize the government of the city and its municipality."
"The great interest of this book for the study of history, law, philology, the birth and evolution of the Castilian language (Spanish language), the paleography ... can be verified in the abundant and excellent studies carried out by researchers, especially of the University of Murcia, whose review is easy to find for those interested."
"This codex, compendium of Visigothic laws, will be the basis for organizing, governing and administering this Council and its vast territory, and today it is preserved virtually intact, except for the covers and some pages, in the Municipal Archive of Murcia."
You can find any general information about Fuero Juzgo at wikipedia.
A place to listen to live music at night, while having a drink or a coffee.
A place with an atmosphere that invites you to enter.
During the day, a place to take the appetizer.
Picture: views from Café de Alba.
Siguiendo la corriente de la comunidad CityDailyPhoto, me he propuesto dejar en este blog fotos de Murcia, como forma de mostrar al mundo qué joya de ciudad y de provincia tenemos. Agradecer al creador de ParisDailyPhoto su gran idea de mostrar la ciudad de uno mismo desde otro punto de vista. Following the tide of community CityDailyPhoto, I proposed to leave in this blog photos of Murcia, as a way to show to the world what a jewel of city and province we have. Thanks to the creator of ParisDailyPhoto for his great idea to show the city of oneself from another angle.
The Region of Murcia is located in the southeastern of Spain, between Andalusia (west), Castilla-La Mancha (North), Valencia (East) and the Mediterranean Sea (South).
The city of Murcia is the capital of the Region. Other major cities are: Cartagena, Lorca, Caravaca de la Cruz, Jumilla, Yecla, Bullas, Mazarrón, Aguilas ...