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Trip Planner Europe  /  Spain  /  Region of Murcia  /  Lorca
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Things to do: historic sites, museums, sightseeing
Lorca is a municipality and town in the autonomous community of Murcia in southeastern Spain, 36mi southwest of the city of Murcia. It had a population of 92,694 in 2010, up from the 2001 census total of 77,477. Lorca is the municipality with the second-largest surface area (after Cáceres) in Spain with 1675.21km2. The main town is home to Lorca Castle and the Collegiate church dedicated to St. Patrick.In the Middle Ages Lorca was the frontier town between Christian and Muslim Spain. Even earlier to that during the Roman period it was ancient Ilura or Heliocroca of the Romans.The town was seriously damaged by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake on 11 May 2011, killing at least nine people. The origin was so close to the surface that the magnitude was equivalent to a magnitude 8 normal earthquake.HistoryArchaeological excavations in the Lorca area have revealed that it has been inhabited continuously since Neolithic times, 5,500 years ago. The earliest permanent settlement is in the Guadalentín River valley, likely because of its presence of water sources, mineral resources, and lying along a natural communication route in Andalusia. On the hillside below the castle and the town archaeological digs have revealed the remains of an important population of the El Argar culture during the Bronze Age. During the Roman period a settlement here was called Eliocroca, detailed in the Antonine Itinerary and located right on Via Augusta.
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