With the same history of the Palacio Episcopal, the origin of this church is closely related to the flooding of the Segura River. Back in the 11th century, a primeval convent for the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy already existed in the suburbs called San Juan el Real during periods which Christianity didn't reign in the taifa of Murcia. However, the continuous floods of the Segura often flooded these areas which meant that reconstructions were practically on-going. In this way, and with the arrival of the first Christian movements that finished with the uprising of James I of Aragon, it was made sure that this church was positioned in the city centre. It wasn't until 1705 however, when construction began on the present church which is built over the foundations of the former convent. Although this is a Franciscan church nowadays, it still maintains a great artistic heritage of that period among which the works by the sculptor Nicolás Salzillo stand out, who was settled in the city at the end of the 17th century.
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