Date: Dec, 2014
Location: Ronda, Andalucia, Spain
Don Juan Bosco (also known as St John Bosco), was an Italian Roman Catholic priest, educator and writer of the 19th century, who put into practice the convictions of his religion, dedicating his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth and employing teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a method known as the Salesian Preventive System.
A follower of the spirituality and philosophy of St Francis de Sales, Bosco dedicated his works to St Francis when he founded the Salesians of Don Bosco. Together with Maria Domenica Mazzarello, he founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, a religious congregation of nuns dedicated to the care and education of poor girls. In 1876 Bosco founded a movement of laity, the Association of Salesian Cooperators, with the same educational mission to the poor.
The house, built in a modernist style at the beginning of the 20th century, is located in the heart of old Ronda in Calle Tenorio. It belonged to one of Ronda’s wealthy families and was then donated to the Salesian Order. It was declared a historic Monument in 1931.
Don Juan Bosco died in 1888 and never actually lived in this house. It is now a retreat and retirement home for priests. Only the ground floor and the gardens can be visited by the public. The inside has a lavishly tiled patio decorated with original Walnut furniture. The garden has breathtaking views over the canyon and the Puente Nuevo along with a variety of arabic style mosaic decorations, benches and a central pond with spouting frogs.