Work began last summer on a bar in Seville, southern Spain, bringing to light a fully preserved 12th-century hammock. Guests can now enjoy the drink while admiring the Islamic paintings and ornaments.
A star-shaped skylight appeared after the first hammer blows. Archaeologist Alvaro Jimenez, who was hired to assist in the start of work in the protected area due to its proximity to Seville Cathedral, told the AFP it was “definitely” beyond expectation.
In this Arabist-style bar called Giralda, 87 other skylights, stars and octagons – like the old minaret of the Seville Mosque – are getting a makeover.
Following the surprise and “swearing” released by Alvaro Jimenez, workers discovered several pictures of the 202-square-meter room and a cold room, a warm and warm hammock.
Vicente Traver, an architect in the early 20th century, concealed these decorations and skylights in 1928, and when he built two more floors, the more than 800-year-old thermal baths were frozen.
This legacy continues, “We thought he destroyed it, and we must recognize that he saved it”, Alvaro Jimenez continues. “He found it and preserved it for the future”.
Seville, conquered by the Almohads in 1147 in the 12th century, was one of the two capitals of their empire, along with the Maracese.
“The Seville Cathedral was built on the remains of the Almohad Aljama Mosque, built between 1172 and 1198,” Alvaro Jimenez recalled.
Decorative walls, white carved tunnels now visible on top of pre-reconstructed mosaics.
The bar, which is set to reopen soon, has become a living museum, completely repeating itself in a refined style, highlighting the history of the place and the places where customers can refresh themselves, as we have already done in another way. Eight centuries ago.