Behind this building that seems on fire, it is (or it was) the bonfire of the City of Alicante. Difficult to be there to see it because of the high temperatures that had there.
Image from last Bonfires of St John at Alicante.
Six months ago we have to elect our prime minister (well, our congress), but the result was a mixture of political parties that have generated a new general elections because they did not reach any agreement. At this time, the result has not been very clear, so politicians will have to agree to form a government. If not, we will have to vote again.
Image: time of my vote. The greatest right in a democracy. Long live to democracy!
Last night was a magic night. Lots of bonfires were lit around the Spanish coasts to celebrate the St John's night. A pagan fiesta in its origin.
Image: bonfire on a beach at Alicante coast (80 km from Murcia), by JAAM.
At Royal Casino of Murcia.
Arab courtyard (Patio Árabe), whose spectacular neo-Moorish decor style, work of Manuel Castaños, required more than 20,000 sheets of gold leaf. An inscription in Arabic that reads "Nothing greater than Allah" is repeated along the entire perimeter. Remember that the building was built at early of 20th century.
This civil building is the most visited in Murcia.
I am going to show you a few photos of this place. About its history and a picture of the beautiful facade, here.
Website of this private club, here. (Spanish).
Image: a small neo-baroque style entrance hall.
Since May 14th 2016 is held the 750 anniversary of Council of Murcia.
What happened 750 years ago? We must contextualize:
City of Murcia was a Muslim kingdom with agreements with the Kingdom of Castile since 1243 when it was conquered. But in 1266, Muslims in the kingdom, did not want to continue paying taxes to the Kingdom of Castile, so revolted. This revolt was appeased by the King of Aragon, Jaime I "The Conqueror" which came at the request of the Prince of Castile, his son in law, Alfonso who became Alfonso X "The Wise", King of Castile from 1252 till 1284.
On May 14, 1266, Alfonso X granted legal recognition to the council of the city of Murcia. The population was still overwhelmingly Muslim, with some Jews and other Christians who were added gradually. But it was a Christian city and as such would have a governing body to Castilian style, with its own emblem that identified on its seal (to validate documents and correspondence of the Council) and its banner (the banner guiding troops of the Council).
So, from May 14th, 2016 and until next May 14th, 2017, the city of Murcia will celebrate this event.
Official information about this event at 750aniversario.murcia.es. (Only in Spanish).
Image: 750 anniversary banner on the New Town Hall building by Moneo. Here a picture of this building, also a view from tower of the Cathedral.
Today we celebrate the day of the Region of Murcia. 34 years of Autonomy of the Region of Murcia.
This year was held in the city of Murcia, with hundreds of activities, especially for children, marching bands down the street, paratrooper exhibition, activities in the Segura river (canoeing, rafting, ...).
During this year we celebrate 750 anniversary of Municipality of Murcia.
I now realize that on June the 4th, this blog turned 8 years. I completely forgot. Time goes by. You can visit previous Anniversaries here.
Today I bring here a photo I found (see below) around the Internet from early of 20th century, from a similar perspective than the picture that I present. The Segura river passing through city of Murcia. The building on the right is the former Hotel Victoria, today is a residential building and commercial premises.
In August 2015 there was a lightning storm, which produced a large fire in the mountains of Cieza.
Now, the nature resurfaces and the first bushes are covering enough area of what was once the fire.
From this perspective it is not apparent, but there is a canyon (Almadenes canyon) separating the area from where I took the picture, and where was the seat of the fire in the background. Well, the fire crossed the canyon.
First day on month. Time for Theme Day by citydailyphoto bloggers community. Shadow and Highlight.
While the sun is lighting surroundings, a big cloud casts a shadow on the sand.
Image: Bolnuevo beach at Mazarrón (Region of Murcia).
This is the end of the stretch of the Segura River as it passes through the city of Murcia. There's a kind of dike or small dam, to maintain a proper course passing through the city. After that, there is the actual river bed.
In the background, bridge of Miguel Indurain Avenue.
All the people that are at the background are watching at Peral Submarine, the first electric battery-powered submarine, equipped with one torpedo tube. Previously, it was installed here. Located at Cartagena, Region of Murcia.
More about its history on wikipedia or the official website (Spanish).
Today I have learnt that "coches de choque" (Spanish) means in English: Bumper cars. But this name is used in US English. And in British English is Dodgems, which origin come from the former major brand (20's to 50's) for this attraction of this small electric cars.
This year, at SOS 4.8, there was a free bumper car attraction. Very funny.
The SOS 4.8 Festival lasts 48 hours (from Friday afternoon to early Sunday), plus called "snacks SOS" (Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00) which are free.
In 48 hours, more than 50 performances between bands and DJs.
Image from "snacks SOS" (aperitivos del SOS).
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 ...