The region of Murcia, located between the Community of Valencia and Andalucia, was the site of powerful Carthaginian and Roman settlements in antiquity. Its major population center, Murcia City, is located on the Segura River. Murcia`s history museum has excellent pre-Roman and Roman collections that testify to its historical importance. The main landmark is Murcia Cathedral, built in a Castilian Gothic style. Other interesting buildings in town include the colorful Bishop`s palace (dating from the 18th century) and the town hall as well. In the early 1700s and 1800s this city in eastern Spain had an economic boom that furnished it with some glorious pieces of baroque art and architecture.
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