Cathedral of Santa Maria. Murcia. Spain.
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The ruins of this cathedral are a lasting reminder of the Spanish Civil War and the struggle for control of Cartagena (the port was among the last to fall to Franco). The haunting ruins, abandoned for over 75 years, still reveal the building’s unusual mixture of architectural styles. Originally constructed in the 13th century, it was restored in 1902 by well-known Cartagena architect Victor Beltrí in a Romanesque style with some Modernist elements, before being bombed by Franco’s forces.