Today is the last day of the year. Another year of crisis, and hopefully next year is better than this. Maybe that's one of the requests that people will do during the change of the year. In Spain, desires usually ask for while eating 12 grapes while sounding the 12 stroke of midnight (without choking). The tradition of the grapes began in the early twentieth century.
Another tradition that less time is to bring something red when changing of the year, is said to bring luck. The usual practice is to put red underwear (both men and women), which can be as sexy as the image.
About the image: corsetry El Trébol (The Clover). They make custom lingerie and corsetry for over 60 years. It is located on Platería Street.
Another animated puppets in the area of Father Christmas' house.
As it is rare snow in Murcia, or rather, it could count on the fingers of one hand the times it has snowed in the city of Murcia, we simulate snow with cotton.
Today, outside the Christian tradition is on Christmas, we celebrate the equivalent of April fool's day.
About the image. In the area of Santa Claus's house (see last Monday) there are several moving figures (animatronics) to entertain young and old.
During this time, you can visit many cribs. Whether or not a Christian (believer or not), some manger scenes are worth visiting for its careful detail in the figures, and the scenes depicted.
The nativity scene of the image can be visited at the Episcopal Palace (or Bishop's Palace), at Belluga Square.
It is not really the name of this street. Its name is Soapmakers Street (Calle Jabonerías). And the whole street is full of shops, especially clothes.
This night will be celebrated on Christmas Eve. Family dinners and gifts, especially for children. The truth is that when I was a child, only received gifts on Twelfth Night, but I think since the 90s, it is usually given away also on Christmas Eve and Father Christmas who does it.
Today is the big day of the National Lottery, the state lottery, the Christmas lottery. This sweepstakes began in 1812, and has since held every year on 22 December.
The popular Christmas Gordo (the first prize in the Chritsmas lottery) brings this year 4,000,000 euros per set, equivalent to 400,000 € for the tenth, one hundred thousand more than last year. The second was € 1,200,000 per set. It has been distributed 15000 numbers more, so the probability of hitting is less.
Good luck to all.
In El Valle Regional Park, is this youth hostel (although can be families). The Albergue (hostel) El Valle is 6 km from the city of Murcia, and has TV, an auditorium, swimming pool, ... at very good prices.
This is the altar of the Cathedral of Murcia. The altar, designed by Mariano Pescador, came to replace the altar burned in the fire of 1854. Chaired by the image of Santa Maria de la Paz, most of the sculptures of the altar are the work of Palao
This is one of the great jewels of the Cathedral of Murcia: the chapel of the Vélez. It's worth staying a while looking at the inside of this chapel, and delight in the forms that surround this architecture.
On outside of it, here you can see a post from 2009.
About its history: Its construction began in 1491 and, according to the inscription around the dome was finished on October 15, 1507. It was built as a funerary chapel.
It is built using limestone masonry and covered with a splendid ten-pointed star-shaped vault. The chapel was built by a workshop different from the rest of the cathedral, as evidenced by the mason marks, framed in the last Gothic style. It is not known, however, the name of the author but, by his mastery, the work is comparable to the chapel of the Condestable of the Cathedral of Burgos (source: regmurcia.com)
More than 3 years and 6 months MurciaDailyPhoto project began. It started with the photo of the main facade of the Cathedral of Murcia, the best known monumental building in the city. But so far, I had not shown to you inside. What catches the attention on entering, is the breadth, the height of the ceilings, the silence.
As every year, until January 5, 2012 (and this year already 27 issues) is exhibited and you can buy handicrafts of the Region of Murcia, on Alfonso X "El Sabio (The Wise)"Avenue . Figures for nativity scenes, Christmas decorations, cakes, sweets, wines, cheeses, ...
Yesterday was a holiday in Spain. No one worked, except for basic services such as police, hospitals, bars and restaurants ;-)
Aboout our Constitution: Our constitution was approved by the Parliament on October 31, 1978 and approved by all the Spanish by referendum on December 6, 1978. It is currently being reformed by: the markets. Very democratic, right?
Article 35 in its first part, says: All Spanish people have the duty to work and the right to work, to free choice of profession or trade, to advancement through work, and an income sufficient to meet their needs and those of their family, but in no case can be discriminated on grounds of sex.
Currently, in Spain, there are 4,978,300 unemployed (22.8% according to the Labour Force Survey) although data from the unemployment offices say 4,420,462.
The photo is from yesterday Saturday. When the day of the match of the local football team comes, all around become a chaos of traffic, although there are several public transport like bus or tram. Both transport let you near the football stadium, but still people prefer to go to the stadium in his own car.
In the picture, New Condomina football stadium and its surroundings.
For the December Theme Day I chose this cyclist moment: a local bike race. The people (of various ages and weights) dress up them cyclist suit, and, although there is some competition (everyone wants to be the first crossing the finish line), what prevails is the fellowship and spend a morning with friends.
A geodesic vertex is a signal / geographical landmark built by engineers to measure the earth. These signs indicate the exact position and are located at the top of the hills, mountains, towers, .. They may also be at ground level or at sea
Its name is given for each vertex does precisely on top of an imaginary triangle with the closest, which in turn form a series of triangles with other geodetic vertices. Each milestone has its own name and has marked the coordinates and altitude compared to sea level.
In this geodesic vertex plate reads: National Geographic Institute. Geodesic vertex. The destruction of this sign is punishable by law.
That phot was taken in the top of the Mine Mountain.
Not many years ago, Christmas was beginning the earliest, 15 days before Christmas Eve. But today, Christmas begins earlier. Not surprise me if one year for Halloween, we could buy gifts and Santa Claus costumes.
This is the building of the General Archive of the Region of Murcia. In addition to the documentation produced by the Regional Administration retains funds from institutions that preceded the Autonomous Community, such as the Provincial Government, the Regional Council and the Parliamentary Assembly. It has a large collection of reproductions of historical documents relating to the ancient kingdom and province of Murcia from other archives, such as the Archive of Simancas or the National Historical Archive.
They also do restoration of documents and manage the regional photographic archive.
This building is located in Avenida de los Pinos (Pine Avenue)
About three years ago, I took a photo from this fountain (see labels), but that day, the fountain was not moving. This time, you can see the water falling from the top of each cup. When it is windy, despite the large diameter of the fountain, you can get wet.
I've been looking for information about the author of this work, and I've found that it is the sculpture Game of Boys (Juego de Muchachos), by Elisa Seiquer. This artist was born in 1945 in Murcia, died in 1996. Shortly after beginning her studies at the School of Arts and Crafts, she went to Valencia and Madrid, to expand her knowledge. She received a scholarship to study in Paris. In 1972, she received the award in sculpture Francisco Salzillo.
Like most women in all spheres of society, she was not assessed, but today, her work is well recognized.
Here you can see some of her works. The sculpture of the image (early eighties) can be viewed in the garden of the 3 cups (garden of Isaac Peral), in the neighborhood of La Flota, Murcia.
XVIII Century. The building designed by architect Martin Soler, and performed in 1755 as the College of Theologians, as part of the foundations of Bishop Luis Belluga. In 1837 it became Secondary School, having come to this day as such, but adopting different names. Today is the IES (Secondary School) Graduate Cascales. (Source Municipality of Murcia)
I will just add to what I said in that post, the following:
"Muslim Alcazar (walls, oratory and pantheon)
The ground floor of the set allows us to discover the archaeological remains of the old Moslem fortress and the wall of 30 meters in length, which belonged to the defensive line of Alcazar Mayor of the city.
It is an area of great historical value which have preserved the interesting remains of an arch or mihrab oratorio, with its original polychrome decoration, as well as a real or rawda pantheon, with nine graves tumular structure attributable to the family the ruler Ibn Mardanis, known as the 'Wolf King' (1147-1172)." (Source: murciaturistica.es)
It's a little contradiction, Café del Sol (Sun's Cafe), while there are dark clouds in the background.
In the heart of the city, the nightlife centre of Murcia, is the Café del Sol, where you can enjoy tapas and a drink. Installed on the terrace of the Plaza de Europa (Europe Square). Perhaps one of the ugliest squares in Murcia (too much cement and concrete). But it is in the centre of the city, very close to the university of Murcia (campus of Murcia), restaurants and cinemas (well, only a movie theater, but the best).
Disco Teatre, is a place to spend the weekend nights (and the week nights). What I like is the design. It's like a theater. The seating area is the dance area and the area of boxes, is that, box seats, VIP area with exclusive entrance.
During the week, seating area turns into a cabaret, with tables to dine, have drinks and watch shows: stand-up comedy, variety, music hall, flamenco, ... Some Sundays are special events like the matinee, Burleske.
The bad thing is the average age nights on Fridays and Saturdays (between 21 and 24 years), and also the quality of some drinks, because well-known brands, they put re-filled bottles.
This is the avenue Abenarabi. It's just an excuse to talk about Abenarabi or Ibn Arabi:
"The streets of Murcia viewed born to one of the most important Muslim mystics, Abenarabi, the great thinker and poet of Al-Andalus.
The twelfth and thirteenth centuries were shaken politically, with the reconquista and the crusades. Is the time of Al-Andalus and the empire of the Almohades, constituting one of its greatest regarding our character, a thinker who in works such as The Names of God laid the foundations for a new worldview rooted in the individual approach to divinity through study and prayer, a mystical, or search for union with God, which centuries later would drink San Juan de la Cruz and Santa Teresa de Jesus. "(Source: Región de Murcia Digital)
More on this Sufi mystic, philosopher, poet, traveler and Andalusian Muslim wise man in wikipedia.
The person who designed the streetlights of that street introduced those half moons in honor of this distinguished Murcian.
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 ...