What to see in Jaen
Villardompardo Palace was built by Fernando Torres y Portugal, 1st Count of Villardompardo and Viceroy of Peru in the 16th century. This building, considered a beautiful example of the Renaissance style of the time, was transformed into the Hospice for Women during the 18th century.
Already in 1970, the Arab Baths, located in the basements of the Palace, were renovated and a comprehensive reform of the entire building was undertaken. In 2013, the dome was consolidated and its paintings were restored, presenting an astonishing beauty.
It has a central courtyard, surrounded by columns that have a Tuscan style, similar to that which can be seen in the architecture of the Arab Baths.
The Arab Baths of the palace are one of the largest in Spain and are very well preserved, which is why they have become one of the most interesting places to visit in Jaen. It is possible to visit its lobby and the three rooms (cold, warm, and hot). They were built in 1002, taking advantage of the remains of a Roman bath. Due to the discovery of Almohad-style decoration, it is believed that the Baths were renovated during the 12th century.
The palace also houses the first museum in Spain dedicated to Naïve art. The International Museum of Naïve Art of Jaen has more than 600 representative works of this style.