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It was established sometime around the 14th Century, and a monastery built in the 15th Century was the main settlement here for hundreds of years.
Today, the town is known as a small hidden gem, notable for its historic Monasterio de San Francisco - now a hotel - beautiful architecture and natural beauty, and small-town culture. In its notable orange groves, there are some trees that are over 200 years old.
People Born in Palma del Rio
Palma del Rio in People's Lives
Christopher Colombus: While waiting to hear word from Queen Isabella on funding my voyage to the Indies, I stayed here, at the Monasterio de San Francisco, among the Franciscan monks.
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 2004 to film scenes of the movie Kingdom of Heaven.
Orlando Bloom: I filmed scenes of the movie Kingdom of Heaven here in 2004.