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Baños árabes de Santa María

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Baños árabes de Santa María

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Location Cordoba, Spain
Country Spain
City Cordoba
Address Cordoba, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 37.8802,-4.7799


Summary

The Arab Baths of St. Mary´s, often frequented by Cordoban Jews, constitute one of the few examples conserved of this kind of buildings which were very popular and abounded in the Córdoba of the Caliph and even persisting after the Christian conquest. They were built during the time of the Caliph and reconstructed in the 14th century by Mudejar master builders and they are situated between Velázquez Bosco street (the former Comedias street) and Céspedes street (which was Baño Bajo street).

The monument includes a rainwater tank and three vaulted rooms corresponding to the frigidarium (cold baths), the tepidarium(warm baths) and the caldarium(hot baths). The first room, containing the cold baths, covered by a half-barrel vault and compartmentalised into several rooms, has remained integrated in the current dwelling at number 10 Velázquez Bosco Street which is open to visitors. Today, the tepidarium room is a square courtyard which is 7.5 metres long each side with galleries whose weight is borne by eight columns which support horseshoe arches and semi-circular domes perforated by truncated pyramid-shaped chandeliers. Finally, the caldarium, is a rectangular room which measures 10.3 by 3.1 metres with brick and stone ashlar walls covered by a stone barrel vault and three series of skylights which are currently covered. On the western side of the room two horseshoe arches open out which originally were the setting for several swimming pools and, between both, a narrow vaulted gallery providing a connection with the rainwater tank.


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