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Ronda Monuments

Due to the incredible richness and variety of Monuments in the municipality, we have put them into chronological order further below.

Prehistory

Pileta's cave with Neolithic cave paintings from 28.000 to 8.000 BC

Dolmens (2500 – 2000 BC)

Alcalá del Valle Dolmen, El Chopo

Roman settlement (1st BC - 5th AD Century)

Archaeological site of the former Roman settlement of Acinipo with remains of the Theater, Forum, Thermal baths and the Water columns of Hierbabuena Aqueduct

Arab (8th - 15th Century)

Urban structure of the historic centre, the ancient medina, Medina walls and rests of the Alcazaba (castle), Almocábar Gate, Gate of the Wind, Gate of the Mills, Gate of the Grass, Cijara's Gate, Arab Public Baths, Giant's house, Minaret - Tower of the San Sebastian's church, Mihrab inside the church of Santa María la Mayor, Structure and horseshoe arches of the "Casa del Sacristan" at the church of Santa María la Mayor

MOZARAB (9th - 10th Century)

Cave church of the Virgen de la Cabeza, Stone house at Cortes de la Frontera

ISABELIAN (15th Century)

Façade of the Convent of San Francisco

GOTIC (15th - 16th Century)

Church of the Holy Spirit, Structures and arches of the choir and retro choir of Santa María la Mayor, Church of Padre Jesus Façade

RENAISSANCE (16th Century)

Gate of Charles V, at the Almocabar's walls, inside façade and cloister of the Convent of Madre de Dios, Naves surrounding the main altar of Santa María la Mayor, Façade of the Gomez de las Cortina's house.

MUDEJAR (16th - 17th Century) Coffering

Mondragon Palace, City Hall, Moctezuma's Palace

BAROQUE (17th - 18th Century)

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Church of Santa Cecilia, Church of Virgen de la Paz, Clarisas's Convent, Caridad's (Charity) Convent, Church of la Concepción, Church of the Carmen, Palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra, Palace of Mondragon (Façade), Bullring, Eight spouts' fountain, Arch of Philip V, Current City Hall, formerly a Military headquarter

MODERNISM AND ECLECTIC STYLE

House of John Bosco, Artist's circle building at the Plaza del Socorro, Kiosk of the Tajo's Tree-lined Avenue, Streetlamp at the Plaza Carmen Abela, Viewpoint at the Blas Infante promenade

BRIDGES

Arab bridge, beside the Arab Public Baths from the 11th century; Old Bridge, 16th century; New Bridge, built by Martin Aldehuela, between 1.750 and 1.793

RONDA'S FORGING

On balconies, streetlamps, façades and windows.

About Ronda Monuments

City Hall

Adjacent to the church, on the Square Duquesa De Parcent, the elegant building was used as an Army Garrison during the 18th century and is currently housing the City Hall.


Mondragón Palace

This aristocratic building is the best illustration of civic architecture in the municipality. It was built in the year 1491, and its structure is centered around three courtyards: the first one of renaissance style; the second one is of a Late Gothic style and the third one shows an evident Moorish inspiration. The entrance to the gardens is through a Moorish doorway.

In this place dwelled the Catholic Kings when the city was conquered and also during the first rebellion of the Moslem converts. At present it harbors the Museum of Ronda and its mountain range.

The Cleft Boulevard

This avenue from the 19th century provides magnificent views over the valley with the vantage point in the Avenue Blas Infante.


House of San Juan Bosco

This small palace in a Modernist style was built at the beginning of this century and later donated to the Salesian Monks. The inner courtyard is decorated with patterns belonging to the Nazari style and it also houses a fine collection of pottery from the region.

Hanging from the summit of the Cleft, there is situated a lovely garden presided by a fountain decorated with glazed tiles.


New Bridge

The new bridge is the emblem of the City of Ronda. After a first attempt to build a bridge spanning over the deep gorge of the River Guadalevín in the 16th Century which collapsed, a second one was built by José Martín de Aldehuela. It took 40 years to finish this master piece and majestic monument. Close to it there is the former City Hall which has been turned into luxurious Hotel.


San Sebastian Minaret

This in the only Moorish Minaret that remains in Ronda, being the vestige of the former Mosque that was converted into a church after the conquest of the catholic Kings.

 

The house of the Giant

This building similar to a palace from the 12th century is of Moorish origin with elaborated plasterwork with complicated designs.


The abode of the Moorish King

This palace was built at the end of the 18th century. Its beautiful gardens abounding with fountains and waterways date from 1923. Inside the palace is to be found the Miria Stairway, a Moorish construction of the 16th century, with 365 steps carved into the rock; the Miria was a structure which supplied water to the city.

 

Albacara Ramparts

These walls date from Moorish times. The remains of two gateways to the city may still be seen, which are the Gateway of the Wind and the Gateway of the Christ, in the past known as the Windmills Gateway. There are some extraordinary views to the New Bridge.


Almocabar and Carlos V gateways

The Almocábar Gateway is the most important one within the Moorish ramparts. It dates from the 13th century and was reconditioned during the time of Carlos V. The Carlos V Gateway is next to the other one and was build during the 16th century in the Renaissance style.

The Carlos V Gateway is next to the other one and was erected during the XVI century in the Renaissance style.