Posts tagged ‘Ronda’

Moorish Bath Houses

To bridge the gap between my previous posts on Ronda (starting here) and my forthcoming posts from the Alhambra Palace in Granada, here are a few images of the fascinating Moorish bath houses from both places. The first three are from Ronda and the second three are from the Alhambra:

I love exploring places like this – it really gives you an insight into the lives of ordinary men and women from a different culture and from a different time……real social history!

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Puente Nuevo

Arguably Ronda‘s most famous site is the mighty Puente Nuevo, or New Bridge, which spans the 120m deep fissure of the El Tajo gorge that separates the old and new towns. The span itself isn’t that wide, but it’s the fact that the bridge structure rises all the way up from the bottom of the gorge that makes this a truly remarkable piece of late 18th Century civil engineering.

The most impressive shots I’ve seen of this bridge are taken from the bottom of the gorge, from where you really get a sense of the towering nature of the structure. However we didn’t really have time to do that on this visit, we were only there for the day and we wanted to see the rest of Ronda.

I’ve been a little pre-occupied of late researching new cameras, hence the reason why it’s been a few days since my last post. I’ve decided to make the move to a mirrorless compact system camera and as such I’ve taken the plunge and sold all my Canon DSLR gear. When I’ve finally made a decision on which MCSC to go with, I’ll probably do a post giving my reasons for the switch. 

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Plaza de Toros

Ronda‘s bullring is over 200 years old and is one of the oldest in Spain. The fighting area is 66m in diameter and is apparently the largest in the world, although the stadium itself only holds 5,000 spectators which isn’t actually that big.

It’s a very pretty bullring, not that I’ve been to any others so have nothing to compare it against, but the soft sandstone colours and the ring of arches and pillars are particularly attractive. It’s also a fascinating place to wander around, especially some of the “behind the scenes” areas and the very interesting bullfighting museum.

Of course this is all tempered somewhat by the fact that its main purpose is to host a blood sport for the “entertainment” of others. That isn’t to say that I wouldn’t watch a bullfight (if you excuse the double negative) as I do feel that you should experience these things for yourself before passing judgement. However, I’m fairly sure that it would take a lot to convince me otherwise that this wasn’t a cruel and totally unnecessary activity in this day and age.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

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