A visit to Raixa

493 Raixa

We decided to have a day off from walking and visited Raixa, a country estate situated close to Bunyola.

Raixa was originally an Arabian estate but following the conquest of Mallorca by King James 1 of Aragon in 1229 the land was granted to the count of Ampurias. In June 1660 Ramon Despuig i Rocaberti, the first Count of Montenegro purchased the property  and it became their family estate.

Improvements and extensions were made to the house over the years but major transformations were made by the brothers Joan and Antoni Despuig i Dameto. Joan was the 4th Count od Montenegro whilst his brother was appointed Cardinal by Pope Pius VII in 1803. The Cardinal was an art collector and brought many pieces of sculpture back from Italy. The gardens became more formal in style and were laid out in strict geometric patterns.  This was in contrast to the Moorish design which was to keep the gardens natural. One thing that remained was the water features. Water was considered precious to the Arabs.

518 Formal Gardens

519 Formal Gardens

The house itself was very interesting and was full of paintings and murals.

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Most rooms featured an audio visual display, available in several languages.

497 The dining room

To the rear of the house are the upper gardens and the staircase dedicated to the God Apollo.

98 Steps

502513 Lily and water feature

504 The big pond

From the big pond we climbed up the hillside passing a grotto. Greg of co0urse had to go in, her felt quite at home.

505 Home

 

Nearby was a small chapel.

511 The Chapel

We climbed up to the Neoclassical viewpoint  and to a small building with beautiful stained glass windows.

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Back in the gardens we had time for a rest.

520 Our group

I found a gargoyle. Does it remind you of anyone?

494 Gargoyle

A fascinating day.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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