Photographer's Note

‘Sevilla - A peek in María's bathroom’

The baths of María de Padilla are a vaulted crypt with three naves in the Real Alcázar of Sevilla.
It’s a stone structure, covered with lime mortar, and painted. The central nave is larger than the lateral ones.
This underground area includes a cistern and is located under the Patio del Crucero.

You can visit it only from the palace gardens and enter only a small part of it. The rest is closed to visitors.
In addition, it’s a bit of a search. Luckily I had seen pictures of it before visiting the alcázar and knew what to see and to look for.
However, whenever I asked the staff in my limited Spanish where I could find the 'baños de María de Padilla', they heard the word 'baños' and immediately pointed me to the toilets for visitors :)

These baths were created in the Almohad period (12th and 13th centuries) as an area excavated in the earth in which a garden area with a pond was established, which met ideal temperature and humidity conditions to mitigate the rigors of the summer season.

They undergone a transformation in the 18th century when the Gothic palace was built and the same Gothic vaults were also used for the bathroom.

The baths get their name from the 14th century noble lady María de Padilla who, according to legend, is said to have bathed in them.
Between 1352 and 1361 María de Padilla was the lover of Pedro I el Cruel, king of Castile and León from 1350 tot 1369.

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Like other visitors, I took a lot of pictures from a spot right in front of the baths to try to get a symmetrical result. I only took one photo while standing slightly to the side. In the end I think this one is the best for my main photo. You may prefer another from the WS …
Years ago, Ian from Australia showed a photo taken in 2009 and he, too, preferred to take a step sideways.

With these photos of the baños de María de Padilla I end my series about the Real Alcázar. But next visitors will find many other beautiful spaces and corners in the palace and its gardens to show us.

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7017 W: 24 N: 16411] (64226)
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