November 8, 2011

Ronda

The city of Ronda, located in the province of Malaga, sits on an outcrop of rock in a basin surrounded by mountain ranges.  It is one of the oldest towns in Spain.  Scattered around the province one finds various Roman ruins.  The cultural heritage of Ronda is Arabic.  Under muslim rule, the town rose in importance as the capital of one the five cores of Al-Andalus.  The conquest of the town by the Catholic Kings in 1485 was followed by a cultural and structural reorganization. In the 18th century the most significant monuments of Ronda were build, the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) and the Bullring.

One of the entrances to the bullring.  It is recognized as one of the oldest and most monumental bullrings. It was opened in 1785.


Statue of Hercules and Two Lions.  Legend has it Hercules visited here.


Puente Nuevo, New Bridge - built at the end of the 18th century on the river Guadalevin.  It is the real symbol of the city.  It took 42 years to build.

Panoramic view of Ronda




3 comments:

Daniella said...

WOW! That is amazing! I love Hercules!!
xxDaniella

ashok said...

charming architecture...

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh...I've been looking at all your posts. I love the history!! Thanks so much for sharing. You have some wonderful photographs!
cindy