Casa del Rey Moro (House of the Moorish King), Ronda

Casa del Rey Moro (House of the Moorish King), Ronda

No Moorish King was ever inside the House of the Moorish King (Casa del Rey Moro). The house was built in the 18th century, centuries after the departure of Hamet el Zegri, the last Moorish commander of Ronda, in August 1487. The Moorish gardens were designed by French landscaper Jean Claude Forestier in 1912.

The one item here from the Moorish occupation is the "Water Mine." In the 14th century, King Abomelik ordered steps cut in the walls of the Ronda Gorge (Tajo de Ronda) to enable water to be hauled up from the river. In 1485, attacking troops of the Marquis of Cadiz disabled the water wheel. With water cut off, the city surrendered.

The monument compound is in three parts. Besides the Water Mine, there are the Neo-Mudejar house and the gardens designed by Forestier. The house was built over the Mine in the 18th century. It was sold in 1911 to the Duchess of Parcent. The Duchess extended and renovated the house and commissioned Forestier to do the gardens.

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Sight Name: Casa del Rey Moro (House of the Moorish King)
Sight Location: Ronda, Spain (See walking tours in Ronda)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Ancient rock paintings found in the area tell us Ronda was settled by Celts, who called it "Arunda." Phoenicians and Romans followed the Celts. Muslim rule was established in 713 by the Umayyads, who called it the "Castle of Rundah." Islamic domination ended in 1485 when Rodrigo, Duke of Cadiz, conquered the city.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles