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Caravaca de la Cruz is a town located on the border of murcia and Granada. The Iberians, Romans and Muslims all passed through this town, which has developed around its Castle, built in the 15th century and commissioned by the Knights Templar. However, Caravaca is essentially the holy town, the town of the cross that carries its name. According to legend, in 1232 the Moorish King Abu Zeid was converted to Christianity when he saw how two angles brought a cross down from heaven to a priest held prisoner in the castle in order for him to give mass. This legend led to the construction, as from 1617 and on the site of the fortress itself, of the main monument of this town in the north-east of Murcia, the Chapel of La Vera Cruz. The most important feature of this building is its luxurious façade, made from red marble which offers a complete exaltation to the Holy Cross.
Caravaca de la Cruz, one of five privileged cities in the world to celebrate the Perpetual Jubilee and that, in 2017, will celebrate its third Holy Year, guards in the Castle of Vera Cruz its most precious jewel, the Cross of Caravaca, in whose interior lies a Lignum Crucis, a piece of wood belonging to the stake on which Christ was crucified.
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