Caravaca de la Cruz

Guide to the town of Caravaca de la Cruz, Located in the Murcia region of Spain.

Caravaca de la Cruz - Murcia - Spain

Caravaca de la Cruz: A city with a resident population of about twenty five thousand, Caravaca de la Cruz is one of the Five Holy Cities of the world.

Situated in the Murcia region of Spain, and some 79 kilometres from the city of Murcia, Caravaca de la Cruz is a major tourist attraction for this region, and of course, has attracted large numbers of pilgrims over the centuries.

The city derives its name (Caravaca of the Cross) from a lump of wood, fashioned into the shape of a cross, that is said to be a piece of the cross involved in Jesus Christ’s crucifiction.

Supposedly 2 angels lowered the cross from the heavens, in 1232 to assist an imprisoned priest to carry out a mass, an event witnessed by the muslim, Moorish King Ceyt-Abucet, who along with his subject, quickly converted to Christians.

The Catholic Church declared this the True Cross, and it is presently protected in the Caravaca de la Cruz church sanctuary.

Visit Caravaca de la Cruz during the first week of May, to see the many celebrations related to the Cross, including the taking of the wine to the Sanctuary by the Caballeros del Vino, the parade of the Cross, and the Moors and Christians festival.

Attractions to visit in Caravaca de la Cruz include the Casa de Cultura, the Fiesta Museum, the Archaeological Museum, and of course the sanctuary church, where the famous True Cross is housed.

Get to Caravaca de la Cruz via the C-415, the C-330, or the C-3314, nearby places include Cehegin, Moratalla, Bullas, Barranda, Carasquilla and Calasparra, the city of Murcia is about 79 kilometres drive from Caravaca de la Cruz.

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