Ever since my visit to The Xativa Castle last year, I was curious to explore more places related to the Borja (Borgia) family in Valencia. The Ducal Palace of Gandia was one of the first stops of the Borgia route around the Valencian Community. Let´s explore its wonderful luxury decorations…
Just in case you haven´t heard of Borja (or haven´t seen The Borgias historical-fiction drama with Jeremy Irons): The House of Borja is a noble family descending from Valencia(Spain). They were quite wealthy, but their international fame came when Borja established roots in Italy and became crucial in Vatican´s political life (between the 1400s and 1500s).
Also read: Historical Valencia: The Borgia Route
The history relates Borja with numerous crimes and murders, all because of their grasp for power. The House of Borja produced two popes of Rome (Alfons de Borja, ruled as Pope Callixtus III during 1455–1458, and Rodrigo Lanzol Borgia, as Pope Alexander VI, during 1492–1503) and many other political and church leaders.
The Ducal Palace of Gandia
The Ducal Palace of Gandia is an important part of the Valencian architectural heritage. Situated in the heart of Gandia with its origins going back to the 14th century, the palace takes us back in time to the years of prosperity for the Borja family. The luxury decorations, full of significant artistic and architectural elements, make The Ducal Palace of Gandia a must-stop in the region.
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The modern range of artistic styles includes Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-gothic elements. It could be explained by the fact that the palace was built, enlarged and restored during the last seven centuries.