Recovers an ancient tradition: the hammam or Turkish bath, offering a new bathroom concept focused on the general care of the body and keeping the peaceful atmosphere and simple refinement inherited from Al-Andalus.
A hammam (Arabic script, حمام), also known as Turkish bath, is a form of steam bath which includes cleaning of the body, mind and enjoying an excellent state of relaxation. The buildings in which these could be found also had the same name, such structures had all different rooms required for the bath process.
For example, the Arab Baths of Hernando de Zafra, in Granada; El Bañuelo, next to Darro river, in the same city and the Arab Baths of Jaen, preserved in the basement of the Villardompardo Palace, which were built in the eleventh century making use of remains of a Roman bath.
When possible, natural thermal water was used. Today, natural hot water is used in the baths of Alhama de Granada, although the facilities are kind of modern
In others, the water was heated with firewood, totally impossible in a private home.
The Arab baths were a continuation of the Roman Baths and were spread throughout the medieval Islamic world, from the Middle East to Al-Andalus.
They became a social center and an essential element of life of the towns and city neighborhoods.
After the Reconquista, Isabel the Catholic ordered the closure of these baths, for religious reasons. They remained in Eastern culture and popularized especially during the Ottoman Empire.
Travelers who visited these countries liked the Arab Baths and "took" them to Western Europe, where they became popular in the mid-nineteenth century.
Currently, there are about twenty Arab Baths opened in the British Isles, although hot air baths still thrive in the variants of Russian steam bath and Finnish sauna.
Lately, they thrive in all Western cultures as another activity of relaxation and body worship, carried by the new "spa" trend going on and the urban spas in the capitals.
One of Spain's most frequently visited tourist centres, Granada contains many notable architectural and artistic monuments. The city is the seat of an archbishop, and it is dotted with fine Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical churches, convents, monasteries, hospitals, palaces, and mansions.Information