Jaen City - Fact 5

BIG BATHS

The Arab baths of Jaen © Michelle Chaplow
The Arab baths of Jaen.

Although a palace was built over them in the 16th century, Jaen´s 11th-century hammam (Arab baths) have survived another 400 years, and are now the largest baths open to the public in Spain. They were probably constructed on top of earlier (Roman) baths which used local hot springs - you can see Roman ruins through a glass walkway in the basement of the palace, on your way to visit the baths. The perfect horseshoe arches, star-shaped skylights and vaulted brick chambers (hot, warm and cold) were rediscovered in 1913, under the Palacio de Villardompardo, and their restoration project won the Europa Nostra (European Cultural Heritage) prize.