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A long cruise - Cartagena, Spain - part 6

Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 19:52

We are inside the Cathedral of Murcia, Spain.

This is the main chapel and "is considered a Royal Chapel, for it contains the remains of Alfonso X of Castile", so says a brochure. However, another source indicates that only the heart and entrails of Alfonso are there.

I do not know why the grille work is there, the official church brochure states that it was produced in the late 15th century.

I was standing at the read of the chapel. That is the entire length of the aisle.


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RE: A long cruise - Cartagena, Spain - part 6

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 19:54

If you notice the previous photo, the grille work has something on top. This is a closer view of the fine craftsmanship. I don’t know why these are there, they must represent something!


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RE: A long cruise - Cartagena, Spain - part 6

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 19:57

With the camera through the grille, this is a closer view of the altar. The interior is Gothic in its style with soaring ceilings. The altar piece dates from 1863, replacing the original renaissance design that had been destroyed by fire.


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RE: A long cruise - Cartagena, Spain - part 6

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 19:59

Opposite the main altar is this area, the organ and choir area. The organ was created in the 19th century by Joseph Merklin. Many of the sources I looked at mentioned the organ, as it is an important entity.

I cannot determine what or who is represented at the bottom of this photo. I could not locate a sign there.


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RE: A long cruise - Cartagena, Spain - part 6

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 20:01

I am not Roman Catholic, but I believe that I understand the reasoning for confession. It seems a bit odd, that one’s confession would be so open as this is set up. The only one with privacy is the priest.


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RE: A long cruise - Cartagena, Spain - part 6

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 20:03

There are 23 side chapels in the Cathedral of Murcia. Many of them are dedicated to the patron saints of the local worker’s unions (remember this was a long time ago and unions were somewhat different then compared to what they represent now). I don’t know which one this is, but you can see some of the detail.


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RE: A long cruise - Cartagena, Spain - part 6

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 20:05

This chapel is the one that all point to as a special place. The Velez chapel or Chapel of the Apse was built as a family mausoleum for the Chacon Fajardo family. I could not get a good shot here because there were thing going on and I did not want to intrude. However, you can see some of the “Flaming Gothic Style” that adorns this area.

Again, time constraints kept us from seeing more, we might have been inside the cathedral for 45 minutes only.

Next on our tour will be the city of Cartagena.


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RE: A long cruise - Cartagena, Spain - part 6

From what I have read, grilles sometimes separate the high altar from the rest of the church or in churches which have monastaries attached, they may separate the monks/nuns from the rest of the congregation, especially if it is a closed order.


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