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12th-century Islamic bathhouse uncovered in Seville tapas bar

jungleboy

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Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Português 2020
Story in the Guardian.

A magnificently decorated 12th-century Islamic bathhouse, replete with dazzling geometric motifs and skylights in the form of eight-pointed stars, has emerged, a little improbably, from the walls and vaulted ceilings of a popular tapas bar in the heart of the southern Spanish city of Seville.

...

“Absolutely everything here is decorated, and, luckily, it’s survived. The background is white lime mortar engraved with geometric lines, circles and squares. On top of that you have red ochre paintings of eight-pointed stars and eight-petalled multifoil rosettes. Those two designs alternate and entwine and adapt to the different geometric shapes of the skylight holes.”
 
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I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
Imagine when refurbished to its former function, to have a proper wash and massage, and then joining the chairs in the new café outside, dressed in slippers and bathrobe for coffee, water and the odd water pipe....

..you are allowed to dream...
 
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Arn

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I watched it on Spanish TV yesterday. The remains are in a very good condition.
The people of Al Andalus were much cleaner than the Christians. No doubt.
Time and place has much to do with observance of hygiene. I've lived along side many cultures: each had access to a "comfort station", bathing area of sorts and, the occasional opportunity to be "rubber the right way." In Field of Dreams, the line "If you build it they will come!" is said and Kevin Costner hears it.
My experience is ....many more people than reported need to take advantage of the facilities available.
 

Raggy

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2017, 2018, 2019
Do I understand correctly, that the decoration was exposed at the time of the building's conversion in the 1920s but the building's pedigree was subsequently "forgotten" - assumed to be a neo-mudejar (islamic revival), with rumors of the hammam dismissed as fantastical?

It reminds me of the day I walked around the Roman circus in Merida, which was hidden under a field and was almost lost to a 20th century road project, but Merida just started to care about its ancient monuments in time to save it.

The idea that historic buildings are worthy of preservation is actually quite a recent way of thinking - and in some places it still isn't considered a priority.
 
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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
How wonderful. Just one more reason to visit Seville. Who could resist a drink in that tapas bar?
 

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