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Caravaca de la Cruz (or simply and more commonly Caravaca) is a town and municipality of southeastern Spainmarker, in the province of Murciamarker, near the left bank of the River Argos, a tributary of the Seguramarker. It has a population of 26,240 as of 2008 ( INE). In 1900 it had 15,846 inhabitants.

It is the Fifth Place or Holy City, when holding the privilege to celebrate the jubilee year to perpetuity (granted in 1998 by the Pope John Paul II), along with Romemarker, Jerusalemmarker, Santiago de Compostelamarker and Camaleñomarker (Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana). It celebrates its jubilee every seven years, first of them in 2003, when was visited by the then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. In 2010 it will celebrate the next jubilee, hoping to surpass the one million mark of visits received in 2003.

Caravaca is dominated by the medieval Castle of Santa Cruz, and contains several convents and a fine parish church, with a miraculous cross celebrated for its healing power, in honor of which a yearly festival is held on the 3 May. The hills which extend to the north are rich in marble and iron. The town is a considerable industrial centre, with large iron-works, tanneries and manufactories of paper, chocolate and oil.

The Neoclassic painter Rafael Tejeo was born in Caravaca.

A gigantic archeological site was found in january 2009. It is composed of 1300 graves from 2400 to 1950 BC. [178009]

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To have a look around the place [178010]

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Little figurine in bronze found in 'Campo de Caravaca', 6th century BC
Castle of Vera Cruz



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