Ronda’s Mondragón Palace: One of the rarest of rare palaces of this land

Mondragón is town and municipality in Gipuzkoa province, Basque Country, Spain. The Mondragón Palace is one of Ronda’s most visited buildings, and we suggest that you keep one day visiting this place during your entire trip to this vicinity.

The Moorish Influence

Before visiting the palace, you should acquaint yourself with the history of this palace which was created by Moorish King Abomelic I between 1306-1314 A.D. The present day palace is actually the municipal museum, which has a great historical and archaeological character to mesmerize you for sure.

You can witness the exquisite collection which will offer a historical journey through the region. The various artefacts which are displayed in the museum are supported by the different archaeological research undertaken in this area under the supervision of the local authorities and archeologists in the territory.

The beautiful gardens and landscape

The visitors visiting this palace love the Moorish courtyards and gardens which have the influence of the architecture of the Muslim rulers’ era. Once this palace was the home of Ronda’s Muslim rulers, however, today you can witness an amalgamation of many cultures here. The present building is a wonderful architectural mixture of Islamic, Gothic and Renaissance styles which will definitely fascinate you.

The renovated palace

The palace was in ruins before its last renovation and hence even though the heart of the architecture remains in the Moroccan rules times, a lot has changed. You can witness the Mudejar ceilings, some original tiling, and the balconied inner courtyards. The remaining water gardens too are quite unique which you will not find in most of the palaces across the globe.

You can visit the town museum in the upper floor and the main languages school in the building’s remaining spaces. The upper floor also houses the permanent display of local natural history and you would wonder about the long history of this palace which has undergone many changes.

The water gardens are created on the very edge of the town’s cliffs and the palace often hosts outdoor sculpture shows and weddings of the locals and visitors. So if you planning for a destination wedding in an exotic location, this may be the ideal one for you.

It is believed that  King Abomelik built this palace in 1314. He was the famous sultan of Morocco and in the year 1330, he had beheaded his father Abul Hassan to become the emperor of the land. In the battle at Gibraltar in 1333 Abomelic got a resounding success, but as the ill-fate had to have it, he died five years later while fighting the forces of Alfonso XI. He conquered this palace and stayed there for a short while.

It was the home of the ill-fated Hamet el Zegri, Ronda’s last Moorish governor before it went into the hands of catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in 1490.

So if you are planning to spend a day exploring the history of this area, then do not miss a visit to this magnificent palace.