Date: Dec, 2014
Location: Ronda, Andalucia, Spain
The Palacio de Mondragón, also known as Palace of the Marquis of Villasierra, is the most significant civil monument of Ronda. It was the home of the great king Abbel Malik or Abomelic, son of Morocco’s sultan Abul Asan. After Abomelic’s death, the kingdom of Ronda was dependent on the kingdom of Granada, and the last Moorish governor Hamet el Zegrí also lived at this palace.
The palace is tiny, but much detail remains in the Mudejar ceilings, original tiling, balconies of the inner courtyards, and the remaining water gardens which are miniature relatives of the Generalife at Granada.
It has undergone major changes and additions since the catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, stayed there during the 1490s. The current garden is a later addition, and the front gallery is even more modern. More significantly, the entire outer building surrounding the inner courtyards dates only from the 18th Century.
The palace now houses a museum on the upper floors devoted to the history of the area.