On one of the days we were based in Albatera, we ventured further than the town and made a day trip to the nearby city of Murcia. The two reasons we made the trip were: we had intended to visit Murcia at some point, and it was cloudy on the day in question so sunbathing wasn't an option.
But let's get back to the cathedral, which has a fairly interesting history. In the 13th-century, a Christian king called Jaime I the Conqueror rode in and did what he did best: conquering. He wasn't supposed to mess with any mosques due to pacts that had been signed, but he thought 'hell with it!' and did it anyway, deciding to build a church on the site. It wasn't completed until 1467, and since then various bits have been added on, so it's a melange of different styles. When attempting to gain access to said cathedral, we found the doors closed. Thinking there may be another entrance, we walked around and discovered some wedding-type goings-on.
Needing a real-sized lunch, we squeezed into the buzzing Los Zagales and gave the waiter Blue Steel until he wrote our name on the waiting list. Ten minutes later we were seated, jammed into a space that would have housed 2/3rds of the diners in a regular restaurant. This is how you know a place is popular. We were handed a marking sheet on which we wrote down how many of each dish we wanted, rather than having an ordinary menu and then having to rattle off dishes to the server. We ordered three tapas and five bite-sized mini tapas (which were €0.90 each), as well as some red wine and dessert. It was worth the wait.
We noticed that the cathedral was now free from weddings and open to the public, so in we went. Strangely, a rock band was warming up just outside (between the cathedral and the start of the turrón), and a choir was practicing inside so if you stood in the wrong place your ears would be assailed by a terrible clash of melodies. But deep in the cathedral all we could hear was the choir, and it gave the whole place a wonderful ambiance! Yannick suggested that all churches should have choirs going all the time. Someone let me know if this is feasible. I feel like it should be considering how much money goes into gilding things inside churches. Just reallocate a little gilding money to choir hire.
Today's post was almost called: Hilarity Swank - Let’s Be Aristocrats