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The Arab Baths are located a few meters from the Cathedral of Girona, in one of the areas with the most historical points of interest in the city.
Despite its name, the building was constructed in 1194 in the context of Romanesque architecture. Those public baths were inspired by the Muslim baths, Roman thermal baths, and Jewish mikvehs. They had dressing rooms, as well as cold, warm, and hot rooms. The dressing room is probably the most charming room in the complex, with an imposing octagonal temple around which the rest of the room is distributed.
During the 16th century, the temple fell into disuse and activity was not restored until the early 17th century, when it was occupied by a community of Capuchin nuns who used it as a convent.
The baths, as we know them today, come from the restoration work carried out from 1929 onwards, by prominent figures in architecture such as Rafael Masó and Emili Blanch.