Mondragón Palace & Ronda Museum
Mondragón Palace & Ronda Museum address: Plaza Mondragón, s/n, 29400 Ronda More info
The Mondragon Palace, also known as the Ronda museum is again a mixture of architectural backgrounds, founded by the Moorish and later converted by Rennaissance and gothic influences; equally as Ronda´s famous cathedral which is just a few steps away.It is this style clash that makes it worthwhile a visit such as the typical Spanish patio with supreme carved wooden ceiling that leads you through a magnificient arab archery gate into the Alhambra like gardens with fountains.
The buiding rests on the outskirts of the Ronda cliffs looking out on the fantastic countryside. Several times a year exhibitions are set up mostly with national artists.
After your visit , preferably in the late afternoon, we recommend a drink at Maruja Limon just nextdoors to wonder a unique sunset with the mountains as a fab backdrop.
The legend tells that it was formerly home of the great king Abbel Malik or Abomelic, son of the Morocco’s sultan Abul Asan. Few years later after the death of Abomelic, the kingdom of Ronda was dependent on the kingdom of Granada, and it is also known that the last arab governor Hamet el Zegrí lived also at this palace.
It is difficult, without an archaeological exploration, to know the aspect of this palace at the arab age, but it can be assured that the building had to be organized around the courtyard next to the Tajo, adding also the garden.
The current space between the the two suporting walls of the façade did not exist. In the 18th century was built the exterior side of the façade, with an important masonry and double columns over a Dorian base and Ionic pillaster chapitel, being the top one pediment broken at its midle point in order to put inside one third decorative order consisting of pairs of Corinthian columns. All that decoration of the 18th century is shown at the ground floor adding also the halt and the formerly stables. It is also remarkable the noble room of the palace with a wonderful mudejar coffered ceiling.