Travel & Tourism

The Banys Arabs (Arab Baths)

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The Banys Arabs stand testimony to the rich Moorish past of Palma. It is one of the few Moorish buildings found in the medieval quarter of the city. The area can be accessed through the tranquil Ca'n Serra street, close to the Convent of the Cathedral.
The Arab Bathhouse is a serene oasis in a bustling city. The two-roomed building dates back to the 11th century and originates in the Byzantine era. It is believed that it was once part of a home of a Muslim nobleman.

The entrance to the bathhouse is through a lush walled garden. The domed chamber is supported by 12 columns. The horseshoe shaped, arched dome evokes an era of the past. Various apertures can be seen in the dome. These apertures were an escape way for the steam. A double floor was used for hot water and steam to flow. A room for cold baths also existed. Unfortunately, it was lost to time.

Visit Palma to explore this irresistible gem of Moorish history.

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