Real casino de Murcia
Real casino de Murcia
A Spanish casino like this is not a gambling opportunity as we know it. You can best describe a casino as a social club, a place where the elite, ambitious and rich come together to meet in an exclusive environment. Most casinos are therefore only accessible to members, but non-members may also visit part of El Real Casino. When you are in Murcia, it is worth taking a detour along Calle Traperia and walking up the steps of the casino. You will enter an impressive entrance hall that is a copy of the Moorish salons as you can see in the Alhambra in Granada.
El Real Casino was built in 1852. After a period of decline caused by the crisis, the casino was restored to its original glory. After four years of restoration work, the building was reopened in 2009.
The facade was designed by architect Pedro Cerdan Martinez and is made from sandstone with red marble from Cehegin. Pedro Cerdan was a famous architect in the region of Murcia. His other buildings are Veronicas Market in Murcia and Casa del Reloj in San Pedro del Pinatar.
The striking glass door determines the Arab architecture of that time. When you enter through this door, you stand in an equally striking Arabian patio, designed by Manuel Castanos. Here you can see a large, iron and glass dome. The inspiration for this dome comes again from the royal salons of the Alhambra. No less than 35,000 leaves of pure gold were used for the decoration.
The Arabian patio opens into the central gallery, which is again covered with a glass dome. Here you have different rooms on the left and right, including the English library with a collection of 20,000 books, some of which date from the seventeenth century. The "Congresillo" is the name given to one of the lounges opposite the library and was the meeting point for influential people from Murcia. In the Pomeyan (or Roman) patio there are 14 columns with a statue of the sculptor José Planes in the middle. On the edge of the patio are copies of two sculptures by Danaide and Amazon. The original copies are in the Vatican Museum. The ballroom is the only room that has remained the same. Valuable paintings made by Manuel de San Miguel adorn the walls. Above your head on the ceiling are five gigantic bronze chandeliers covered with gold and decorated with 1,800 pieces of crystal. Another room is the Tocador de Senoras. This powder room for the ladies is lush to the extreme. The embroidery on the silk consists of golden thread. One of the most interesting aspects of this room is the ceiling with the goddess Selene. Visitors experience the special effect that the eyes of the ceiling follow you wherever you go.
A visit to El Casino Real is going back in time!
kind of trip :
* building
entrance fee :
* normal ticket : 5 euro
* reduced ticket : 3 euro (students, retired people)
* families (min. 3 people) & groups (min. 10 people) : 3 euro
opening hours :
* daily from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm
contact :
* phone : (+34) 968 21 53 99
address :
* Calle de la Traperia 18, 30001 Murcia
* GPS : 37°59'07.4"N 1°07'44.8"W - decimal 37.985400, -1.129111
route :
From the cathedral you walk north through the Calle de la Traperia. You will quickly come across the casino on the right-hand side in this car-free street.
distance :
* Torrevieja : 71 km, 55 minutes
* Guardamar : 73 km, 60 minutes
* La Marina : 71 km, 60 minutes

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