Gardens of Raixa

 

In Mallorca we discover that many place names come from the former lords of the Island: the Moors. Banyalbufar, Bunyola, Alcudia, are all names of Arab origin. The same is true of the Gardens of Raixa.

The Gardens of Raixa are of Arab Origin. The first known owner dates back to 1230 and over a period of time he added elements of Ancient Rome. The park of Raixa is closely associated with a member of the Ecclesiastical Court of the Vatican The Mallorcan Cardinal Antoni Despuig i Cotoner. This Judge reformed the park in 1797 giving the palace and its gardens its present form by transforming a Medieval Arab Hacienda into an Italian Villa.

The impression Italy made on Despuig remained with him after returning to his Mallorcan home, its seen in the style of the garden, today used as a set by filmmakers and as a worthy setting for concerts.

The main house was primarily used by the cardinal as a space for the works of art he had brought back with him from Italy at the end of the 18th Century. Despite its European elements it is impossible not to see the origins of the Gardens of La Raixa. Under 300 years of Arab domination, Art flourished, as did architecture and the economy. The gardens of Raixa and Alfabia, with their ingenious systems of irrigation, are today a great example of that culture.