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Explore the narrow alleys of old Jaén as you walk from the cathedral to the Baños Árabes (Arab Baths), which once belonged to Ali, a Moorish king of Jaén, and probably date from the 11th century. In 1592, Fernando de Torres y Portugal, a viceroy of Peru, built himself a mansion, the Palacio de Villardompardo, right over the baths, so it took years of painstaking excavation to restore them to their original form. The palace contains a fascinating, albeit small, museum of folk crafts and a larger museum devoted to native art. Guided tours of the baths, some of the largest and best conserved in Spain, are led by volunteers and take place between 11 and 1:30. The baths and museums were restored to great acclaim in 2012 and reopened in early 2013.

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  • Address: Palacio de Villardompardo, Pl. Luisa de Marillac, Jaén, 23001 | Map It
  • Phone: 953/248068
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat. 9–2 and 4–8, Sun. 9–2
  • Location: Jaén
Updated: 06-18-2013

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    The Arab Baths is so much more than that. Above the award winning restored baths (that aren´t actually baths now) there´s two museums The Naif Museum of International Art and the Art & Popular Customs Museum.

    Great visit, it was free to EU citizens with proof of identity, the downside no cameras allowed.

    by Spaniola1, 3/11/12

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