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. The baths and museums were restored to great acclaim in 2012.
Palacio de Villardompardo, Pl. Luisa de Marillac, Jaén, 23001, Spain
Mar 11, 2012
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.