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“The TV show does nothing for this place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palau Ducal dels Borja Gandia

Palau Ducal dels Borja Gandia
C/ Duc Alfons el Vell, 1, 46701 Gandia, Spain
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Gandia
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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“The TV show does nothing for this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

So interesting and the history of the power plays. The building is amazing and it is worth the look.

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“Impressive and Historic Palace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

The Ducal Palace is the most important monument of Gandia. It is also called the Palace of the Borja Family. The palace was constructed in the 14th century as the residence of the Aragonese royal family. However in 1485 the Cardinal Rodrigo Borja bought the Duchy of Gandia for his descendants. This cardinal was later to become Pope Alexander VI. There were 11 dukes from the Borja Family who occupied the palace until 1740. The fourth duke was Francisco Borja, who would later become a saint for having helped the poor. He also was the Third General of the Jesuit Order.

When you enter the palace, you see the Patio de Armas and at one door there is the coat of arms of the Borja Family. The Salon de Coronas is one of the most important large rooms in the palace and is decorated with many coats of arms. This room was used for audiences and to administer justice. The tapestries there show scenes in the life of San Francisco de Borja. There is a chapel that has the Neo-gothic style and the ceiling is decorated with the figures of four angels and the whole ceiling also is decorated with small gold stars. This redecoration took place at the end of the 19th century.

The Ceramic Gallery overlooks the Patio de Armas and there are ceramic murals that date between the 15th and 16th centuries. There is the Salon of the Duchess where San Francisco de Borja was born on Oct. 28, 1510. The size of this room is quite large and the bedroom is separated from the rest of the room by a small divider and three arches supported by two slender columns.

The Room of the Eagles is also called the Room of San Miguel and is the largest salon in the palace. There is a wooden frieze around the room that shows the figures of eagles, and this is gilded.

The Golden Gallery is a very large gallery formed by five smaller salons and has dividers that can be opened and closed to change the configuration of the gallery, making it larger or smaller. The gallery is the most impressive part of the palace.

Visited November 2011
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“Amazing tiles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

This is the palace of the Borgia's we arrived at10am and they had to open everything up for us so its pretty chilled out. You get a good history but the floor tiles are perhaps the most amazing thing.

Visited September 2011
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“Gandia's Own Stately Home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

Although I have lived in Gandia for 4 years, I had never visited the Borja Palace before, so it seemed that the occasion of my cousin visiting from the United States was the prompt I needed! The building has undergone extensive renovations in preparation for what is now the 500th anniversary of Francis Borja's birth, so they were well prepared for parties of tourists. We had to wait about 45 minutes for the next conducted tour, but passed the time easily in a nearby café. Once admitted, however, the tour was well organised, and we were shown round in a group of about 20. The other visitors were all Spanish, but the friendly guide asked our nationality, and when the introductory film was shown, it had English subtitles - whether a coincidence I don't know! After this film, which sketched in the background to the Borja family and their importance in the area, we were taken through all the rooms of the palace and a description and history of each was provided by the guide. She also pointed out items of special interest, particularly the beautiful and traditional Valencian tiles that had been used as decoration. Having only previously seen the palace from the street outside, the building was surprising in its size and grandeur, and my cousin was delighted to have visited Gandia's prime attraction. Certainly well worth looking over, and the friendly and courteous staff seemed genuinely interested in what they were showing you. A good bit of sightseeing in Gandia!

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