Banuelo: The Stamp the Moors Left in Granada


The Moors where the people of an ancient Islamic civilization who were at the core of the modernization of areas such as Granada. The Moors stood as the ruling powers in Spain for a whopping 800 years. During that time, they introduced brand new ideologies to the European inhabitants including new astrological techniques and devices. One device they introduced was called an astrolabe. This was a device that could be used to analyses and detect the position of the stars and planets. Apart from that other scientific sectors bloomed with the presence of the Moors in Spain. Geography, Chemistry, Mathematics and Philosophy all burgeoned during the Moorish Spain period.

Apart from sciences the Moors were phenomenal city planners. They had well paved footpaths and street lighting before cities such as Paris and London ever did. As a matter of fact, the cities only introduced such over a thousand years later. At one point the Moors had made many of the Spanish cities some the most modernized across Europe. Architecture was not a sector the civilization was shy of. They built palaces that were envied by the monarchs of afar who at the time were dwelling in windowless barns. The ‘Alhambra’ (literally translating “the red one”) in the region of Granada is one of Moors’ architectural masterpieces. With highly manicured, flamboyant courts of plush flora and walls detailed with intricate 3D illustrations a life of grandeur, structure and order was at the core of this civilization.

Cleanliness was said to be favored more than food at times, with even poor people sacrificing money to buy bread in order to buy soap and use the public baths. Despite public being present in the name the baths were not actually available to everybody. They were often separated based on class, gender and religion, bearing in mind that Moorish Spain was also a time were Muslims, Christians and Jews cohabited in peace. The Banuelo is a public bath in Granada that us a true and everlasting mark of the Moors’ impactful presence in the region.

The Banuelo is an unavoidable structure in all its beauty, allure and pulchritude. The Banuelo is a well preserved Arab style bath that is also known as the Banos del Nogal. The structure is one of few that survived the irreversible rampage the Catholic Monarchs had across Spain in efforts to reclaim the nation.

Later, in 1918 the ancient building was restored and then declared a national monument. Although it comes second to the Alhambra, the Banuelo is still a major tourist attraction in Granada. The bath is popular firstly because it is free of charge to enter but also because of the pristine condition it is in. It is as if no change was made to them from the time they were built in the 11th century until the present day. The Banuelo bath is a true exemplification of the Moors impact in Spain.