Introduction

The Ducal Palace of Gandia has been declared heritage of cultural interest since 1964. It is one of the most important and emblematic examples of civil architecture of the Valencian architectural heritage. Built in the highest part of Gandia and situated in the very heart of it, along the river Serpis, this impressive construction has its origins in the 14th century. It is close to the town hall and the Collegiate Church.

The sober exterior of the palace contrasts with the luxury and the refinement of its rooms where great works of art can be admired. The Crowns Assembly Hall is one of the most distinguished rooms of the palace and its magnificence is a reflection of the importance of the Duchy of Gandia during Francis Borgia’s reign. The recently restored Golden Gallery is the perfect result of the mixture between visual perspectives and golden colours and this turns it into the most significant artistic and architectural element of the monument. The five canvases decorating its five different ceilings constitute true jewels of the Valencian Baroque.

The palace has been built, enlarged and restored during the last seven centuries. Today it is one of the most representative traces that the Borgia family left on these Valencian lands and where they established their official residence. Each of the eleven dukes of Gandia contributed to the construction of the building according to the artistic and architectural movement of the time in which he lived. The range of artistic styles which can be seen today in the palace goes from the 14th and 15th Gothic, through the Renaissance contributions from the 16th and the Baroque additions from the 17th and the 18th century to the neo gothic constructions from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

Having been recently restored, the Ducal Palace has become today the main cultural attraction in Gandia and a cultural reference for the so-called “Borgian triangle” formed by Xàtiva, Valencia and the capital of La Safor, Gandia.