A Spanish City That Inspired Many Great Artists

We took a day trip to Ronda, Spain which is also located in the Malaga province.  We went on a great tour full of Ronda history.  This city likely became a low-key yet well-known tourist destination because of American artists Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway and Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke.  The famous scene in Chapter 10 of Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls“, describing the 1936 execution of Fascist sympathizers in a made up village who are thrown off a cliff, is considered to be modeled on actual events in Ronda. The artists vacationed there and wrote about Ronda’s beauty and bull-fighting traditions. The Plaza de Toros, seen in the photos below, is rivaled with Sevilla, Spain to be one of the oldest bullrings in Spain.

However, before Ronda was a place of artistic inspiration, its deep gorges made it a naturally fortified post for the Romans during the Second Punic War. Ronda experienced a bunch of other events including the Spanish Inquisition, the Spanish Civil War, the Napoleonic Invasion, and the Peninsular War. Not to mention, the Moors also left their legacy. Ronda was apart of the Visigoth dynasty until it fell to Hisn Ar-Runda in 713. Moorish poets, mathematicians, and scientists lived here at a time when other Western European civilizations were in their infancy.

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