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Centro Cultural Banos Arabes

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Address: Palacio de Villardompardo | Plaza Luisa de Marillac, 23004 Jaen, Spain
Phone Number: +34 953 24 80 68
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

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A 'must see'!

This lovely building contains not only the Arab bathes (you can actually walk over them on the glass that covers them!), but also two fascinating museums and some wonderful art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Meriel L
St. Neots, United Kingdom
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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lovely building contains not only the Arab bathes (you can actually walk over them on the glass that covers them!), but also two fascinating museums and some wonderful art exhibitions. And it is all free! There is also a little restaurant at the top from which you can walk out on to a terrace with fabulous views of the... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Jaen may not be one of Andalucía's most popular tourist destinations, but the Cultural Centre is well worth a visit. We knew little about it beforehand, and it greatly exceeded our expectations. For us, the highlights were the Banos Arabes and the large collection of naif art. But, in addition, there is a wealth of local and regional ceramics, textiles,... More 

Thank Hemipode
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This museum includes two different sections, a "arabic bath", and a civic musuem. The baths are underground, and really give an idea of what was the everyday life in arabian times. Don't miss the introductory video in a small room, which clarify quite many aspects. The second section is the civic museum, full of examples of everyday life in ancient... More 

Thank Alessandro F
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The baths are within an art museum in the town of JAen. They are well kept and interesting if you like architecture. A bit more information on what the different areas were would be nice.

Thank Tris2014
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great little group of museums. The highlights are the 11th century bathhouse in the basement and the wonderful collection of "naive" art, mostly of Spanish origin. There are temporary exhibitions in two decent sized rooms and some bits of folk and religious stuff to make up the collection. The building is in itself worth the visit. There is a reasonably... More 

Thank nigelonholiday
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Enough said, do visit. As I have to say more or it won't be published, the rest of this free museum is wonderful too :-)

Thank Aitku
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

As many times as we had been in Jaen, we never knew about these impressive baths. What an exciting place to tour! They are enormous! First you walk over two large rooms of glass covered remains of old Roman Baths. Next you are overwhelmed by the gigantic well preserved rooms of the Arab Baths. It really is a remarkable memorable... More 

Thank jnjdougan
Pompano Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This mad for an interesting comparison between this Arab bath meant for ritual purification as well as pampering oneself as compared to the Roman baths, such as those in Cluny (Paris), which focused on cleansing, socialising, and exercising. Luckily, the filling of the bath with dirt to make a firm foundation for a later structure built on top, helped preserve... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The Centro Cultural Baños Árabes is located at the Palacio de Villardompardo, a building built in the 16th century. Besides, the underground section of the palace includes 11th century Arabic Baths, absolutely marvelous and well preserved. Furthermore, you will find here the International Näif Art Museum of Jaen and the Arts and Popular Traditions Museum of Jaen. Except for the... More 

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Gibraltar, Europe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This was a really interesting site, there was an audio visual presentation which helped with the interpretation of what you were seeing

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