History in Ronda

This morning we walked out early along the eastern side of the old city walls, stopping to admire the views and glorious wildflowers.

Ronda was established in the 9th century, and is one of Spain's oldest towns. The most complete Moorish Baths in Spain are found at the base of the walls on the eastern side, situated so that travellers could bathe and refresh themselves before entering the city.

Star shaped skylights allowed light to enter the baths, which were heated by drawing cool air through a furnace, then under the floors, creating a hot room, which was filled with steam when water was thrown on the floor. Other rooms included a cool room which was still warm, and cold bath areas, and so on.

Looking down over the baths, and the Puente Arabe, beside the river. It is fascinating to have a glimpse of previous sophisicated cultures isn't it? The brilliance with which Moorish builders moved water and created inviting cool spaces cannot be equalled today.

Ronda sits on top of a rocky outcrop, riven by the 100m deep El Tajo Gorge, creating spectacular scenery and endless opportunities for inventive architecture. Gardens line the edges of the gorge, offering a beautiful series of spaces to sit and linger.

We visited the Casa del Rey Moro where a famous hanging garden is beautifully maintained. Peacocks stroll between topiaried hedges, water trickles from a fountain at the top through spouts and ponds to a lower level, and glimpses away to the gorge, or the mountains surrounding Ronda, continually take the eye.

 

 

 

From high above the river, there is a Secret Mine, or tunnel, descending to river level. Long ago slaves would carry water up to the Palace, but it seems it was primarily a military structure. A zigzagging series of ateps are cut from the rock, and covered by an ingenious system of overlapping vaults. Near the bottom are small rooms and halls, where light filters in through windows and arches, illuminating the steps, which are wet from dripping water. It creates quite an atmosphere!

We were glad to sit in the little outdoor cafe for a while after that!

This is another view of the Palace del Roy Moro, part of the wonderful historic town of Ronda.

 

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22 thoughts on “History in Ronda

  1. It looks a fascinating place, Christine. It’s one that I narrowly missed but hope to see someday. Love the star cut outs in the ceiling of the baths, and that photo of the bridge at Ronda is as good as any I’ve ever seen- superb shot!

    When do you meet up with Marianne? 🙂

  2. Dear Christine,

    Dear Christine,

    This is Bridget Healy from New Zealand – I used to live in Broulee and attended your Joy of Being yoga retreat which was divine 😊 I especially loved making the vibrational essences from the sacred grey rocks – I still have the mother tincture and it is my very special tool for deep and magical healing.

    We spoke of some of the extraordinary healing essences made by Aboriginal women for conception and you sent me a bottle for my friend in NZ who had been trying to have a baby for 10 years – wallah – she was pregnant within the month her gorgeous baby girl Daphne is now two – what a joy after such a long and difficult journey to become the mother she always knew she could be.

    I have recently met an Australian woman – a yoga and reflexologist living here in Queenstown who has also been trying for years to have a baby, she has had multiple miscarriages and recently a very sad stillbirth. I am wondering if there is any possibility you could buy another bottle of this powerful essence to see if it might support her in her desire to have a child.

    I would very much appreciate your thoughts.

    my very best wishes and green blessings

    arohanui

    Bridget Healy

    • hi Bridget, we remember you well dear heart … will send more essence on our return from travelling … connecting with the divine feminine here and the archangels … pretty awesome ..what a wonderful life! Christine xx

  3. If ever Anne of Green Gables needed a replenishment of “scope for the imagination”, this would be the place.

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