Cieza is a town and municipality in Spain, in the autonomous community of Murcia. It is the capital of the Vega Alta comarca, an old form of provincial subdivision). Its current population is around 40,000. The Segura River passes by the town.
Its economy is based on agriculture, mainly in the cultivation of peaches and olives.

Main sights

Populated since the Paleolithic Age, the area of Cieza is home to archaeological excavations in Almadenes, La Serreta, and Barranco de los Grajos.
There are also Iberian remains (found at Bolvaz), as well as RomanVisigothic, and Arabic deposits. The Arabs, who inhabited the area from the eleventh to thirteenth centuries, and who knew the area as Medina Siyâsa, left behind a mountain fortress. At the dig site of Medina Siyâsa, many decorative architectural elements have been found, such as engraved archs and porticos, and polychromed ceramicsglassmetals, etc. All these discoveries are kept in the museum of Siyâsa.
The Ermita ("hermitage") de la Virgen del Buen Suceso is located in the area known as Collado de la Atalaya. The Plaza de España is located in the heart of the city. The modern market was built in 1929 by Julio Carrilero.
El Paseo ("The Avenue") contains pictorial work in glazed tile by José Lucas, who dedicated the different tiles to several men of letters.
The main church is the eighteenth century Basílica de la Asunción. Inside, there are sculptures and retablos by Rafael Ximeno y PlanesIgnacio Pinazo MartínezJosé González MorenoFrancisco Romero Zafra, etc.
The Iglesia de San Joaquín, dating from the seventeenth century, is a Franciscan monastery. The church-monastery of the Order of Poor Ladies (Clarisas), from the eighteenth century.
Hermitage of the Saint Christ of Consolation.


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Cieza, Murcia is located in Spain
Location in Spain.
Coordinates: 38°15′N 1°25′W
Country Spain
CommunityRegion of Murcia
 • MayorAntonio Tamayo González
 • Total365.1 km2 (141.0 sq mi)
Elevation188 m (617 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total35,385
 • Density97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code30530
WebsiteOfficial website

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