ⓘ Lorca, Spain

Lorca, Spain

ⓘ Lorca, Spain

Lorca is a municipality and city in the autonomous community of the Region of Murcia in southeastern Spain, 58 kilometres southwest of the city of Murcia. The municipality had a population of 91.849 in 2010, up from the 2001 census total of 77.477. Lorca is the municipality with the largest surface area in Spain, 1.675.21 km 2. The city 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 before that in the Roman period it was ancient Ilura or Heliocroca of the Romans.

The city was severely damaged in the earthquake of magnitude 5.1 on may 11, 2011, killing at least nine people. Due to the shallow epicenter, the earthquake was much more destructive than usual for earthquakes with the same magnitude.

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