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The Baths (Baños) at Alhambra Palace were built to the east of the Comares Palace (Palacio de Comares), following the model of Roman thermal baths. The Hall of the Beds (Sala de las Camas), the first chamber that you will find when you enter the baths, would be the apoditerium (shown here), where people undressed before going into the bath. The apoditerium has a square space in the middle, delimited by columns, with a fountain inside it and galleries surrounding it. There is also a space open towards the first floor, from the gallery of which the king was said to look at his naked wives and then to throw an apple to the one he had chosen to spend the night with. On the sides are two beds to rest on after the bath, with coloured tiles. All the decoration that remains is from the Christian period, because the baths have often been in a bad state of repair since they were built and they have therefore been restored and rebuilt several times.


Alhambra, Granada, Spain.

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Taken on April 8, 1990