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Picturesque Ronda through its Ancient Sights

By Albus Jackson Subscribe to RSS | August 1st 2012 | Views:
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Ronda has plenty of great sights which make it so picturesque. The ancient monuments at Ronda can be very impressive such as the Marqués de Salvatierra palace which is a very majesty Renaissance mansion that is oddly primitive with a half-grotesque Adam and Eve painting. This mansion is still inhabited by a family although interior visits to certain areas are still allowed.

Town specials

Down the hill in Ronda, there are two ancient town bridges: the 1616 Puente Viejo and the single-span San Miguel which is a Moorish bridge. The southeast river banks hold distinctive cupolas that are hump-shaped with unique glass roof-windows. This ancient 13th century Baños Árabes was recently restored to preserve its Roman system offering cold, hot and tepid baths. There are unique barrel-vaulted ceilings with octagonal pillars using brickworks that support horseshoe arches; these architectural structures showcase the era’s sophistication.

Ciudad quarter

On another end of Ronda is the Ciudad quarter with a most picturesque square known as the Duquesa de Parcent plaza. This is where the Santa María La Mayor Catholic Church is situated. It now stands over the previous Arab mosque; hence, it sports a Moorish external that displays the graceful Moorish, Renaissance and Gothic styles combined.

There is still a belfry on the old minaret top; the interior displays Arabic calligraphy on the arches, street door and other parts. The ancient Arab mihrab or more commonly known as prayer room lies exposed.

Casa de Mondragón was once the Moorish kings’ palace which is open to the public for viewing today. There are three patios which have preserved stuccowork with a fantastically carved ceiling. A local museum stands tall housing much of the local archeology and Moorish artifacts in Ronda.

Another interesting museum is further away from La Ciudad which houses Juan Antonio Lara collections. This was an avid collector of antique clocks, armaments, pistols, cameras, cinematographic and musical instruments since childhood. But there are some unique archeological finds placed in the museum.

The Alcázar

One of the most famous sights in Spain is the Alcázar fortress which was a Moorish masterpiece that now lies in ruins due to the French destruction of it in 1809. Today, a school has taken partial occupancy of this fortress which was once virtually impregnable. The Moorish kingdom stood strong and solid until 1485 with the Alcázar before Granada fell.

The main town gates are of magnificent Moorish architecture. These were erected during the Hapsburg emperor’s reign.

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