MURCIA will be celebrating its heritage this coming Sunday with the official inauguration of the new itinerary of guided tours of the remains of the city’s medieval wall.
The event will feature music and workshops, as well as a chance to follow the route of the old wall.
The Culture and Heritage Recovery department-organised progamme will feature three guided visits at 11.30am, 12pm and 12.30pm. Participants will discover the gate to the San Nicolas church, the Arab remains of the Calle Sagasta wall, Calle del Pilar, the remains of the Veronicas Wall, the España plaza, Calle Apostoles, the San Juan de Dios church, the Correos market, Calle Canovas del Castillo and the Santa Eulalia plaza.
There will be three open-air concerts in different locations: ‘La Tarota’ will perform on Calle del Pilar at 1pm, ‘Nova Chirimia’ will be at La Glorieta at 1pm and the Discantus Choir will perform at the Santa Eulalia plaza at 2pm.
Workshops, again in various locations, will run throughout the morning, offering the chance to learn about traditional skills like creating candles with natural wax, medieval writing and sweet treats from the period.
“With this event we want to promote this strategic project with represents the recovery of the surface outline of the old wall, with a three-kilometre route throughout the city, which allows for discovering the part which remains in the subsoil and to contemplate the visible part of the wall which has been excavated”, explained Culture and Heritage Recovery councillor Jesus Pacheco.
Murcia’s wall was a defensive structure which dates back to the 9th century. It has 90 towers and formed a two-kilometre perimeter around the city. There were also a series of gates.
Inside the medina, and parallel to the wall, there were some of the most important buildings, including mosques, baths and workshops.