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Back to Spain again, to Alhama De Murcia, where I heard that in 2005 a museum and gardens were created to conserve and protect the remains of some Roman Thermal Baths, and set out with my tripod.
I don't usually subject you to a lot of reading, but you might be interested in its history, Alhama's heritage, now known as El Museo Arqueologico Los Banos. This thermal spring complex was declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1983.
It was built at the foot of the castle in the 1st century, using the thermal mineral-enriched waters that flowed through the rocks there. Massage, exercise, bathing and chatting were the Romans' favourite leisure activities. There are 2 separate areas, medicinal and recreational, with separate spaces for each sex. Each room was a different temperature and the pool was heated by ovens.
The Arabs made these The Islamic Baths, for purification rituals before prayer, relaxing and meeting friends. The name Alhama comes from "Hamma" in Arab language, meaning bath of thermal springs.
A large luxury Hotel and Spa Complex was built there in 1848, re-using the Roman remains, in the golden age of thermal spas, but this came to an abrupt end in the 1930's and the hotel was demolished in 1972.
Opposite the museum is the Iglesia de San Lazaro (church), for centuries a site of pilgrimage for those seeking the blessing of the curative waters of the baths next door.
I offer you 6 images in an attempt to give you the atmosphere of the place, and in V6 you see an actual bath.
Pamela.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jan 2010 - 10:58 PM
Focal Length:6.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:0.7sec
Exposure Comp:-0.67
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Baths Museum
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:27 Mar 2011 - 7:02 PM
Tags:Alhama De Murcia, Archaeology, Architecture, Los Banos, Museum, Roman, Spain, Thermal baths
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tomcat
tomcat Plus Member 96360 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2011 - 7:21 PM

What a very interesting narrative Sylvia...and images to matchGrin

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27 Mar 2011 - 7:24 PM

Super set of images Pamela, all show excellent detail,
Fred.

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27 Mar 2011 - 7:43 PM

A very well exposed set of images here.

Best Matt

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 - 7:56 PM

wonderful set of captures... lovely light on them all..
thanks for the message.... we`re ok just been getting back on track
bun xx Smile

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bricurtis
bricurtis Plus Member 91977 forum postsbricurtis vcard England49 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2011 - 8:35 PM

A fine set of reportage images Pamela - there is a lot to like about V5 - my fav.
Brian.

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Alvar
Alvar  8 France2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2011 - 8:37 PM

Superb series and great narrative Pamela.
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franken
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27 Mar 2011 - 8:53 PM

A really interesting set.

Ken

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8706 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1217 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2011 - 9:44 PM

A cool, calm interior, protected from the intense sun outside. England doesn't get interiors like this for some reason...
Moira

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woolybill1
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27 Mar 2011 - 9:45 PM

Unmistakably Roman despite (or because of) the use of local materials. Very good use of the available light, excellent angles (V3 and V6 especially pleasing) and excellent detail. The historical info. is fascinating.
Bill

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susanbarton
27 Mar 2011 - 10:22 PM

Wonderful detal and beautiful coulors

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xwang  631 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2011 - 10:47 PM

Beautiful set, especially love the light and the 'texture' of the bricksSmile
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27 Mar 2011 - 11:53 PM

A lovely set of images. ............Sandy

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mikbee
mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2011 - 12:01 AM

I do like to see a nice bit of coloured textured stonewok and some excellent examples here Pamela.
And nice to still see the actual bath still in place,and isn't it a deep one !!
Mick.

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28 Mar 2011 - 1:14 AM

Wonderful reportage set, but also love in an astistic sense-- the color and texture is superb!
JEnnnn

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TyChee
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28 Mar 2011 - 1:42 AM

Excellent set of shots. I love the warm glow of the bricks.
Ty

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28 Mar 2011 - 5:29 AM

A good serie

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2011 - 6:10 AM

Wonderful warm colours and textures, Pamela, a great series. Carol

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Ray42  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2011 - 7:21 AM

An interesting and well taken set with an excellent narrativeSmile

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28 Mar 2011 - 2:04 PM

You certainly have shown the atmosphere here Pamela,
wonderful set and beautifully written up
Lillian

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FeatherFriend
28 Mar 2011 - 2:36 PM

A wonderful set Pamela, superb tones and textures, like the write up too,
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28 Mar 2011 - 4:08 PM

A super set of images, Pamela, and excellent write-up, too Smile
Trev Smile

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pamelajean Critique Team 9903 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1720 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2011 - 4:33 PM

Thankyou so much for your votes and favourable comments, and for reading my narrative too.
I think I was lucky that they had lit this place sympathetically, and that there was also some light from the overhead holes in the ceilings, which they used to control the temperature.
Pamela.

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imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2011 - 8:01 PM

Great comps/colour/detail/textures and exposure Pamela

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morpheus1955
28 Mar 2011 - 8:31 PM

Wonderful set of images, all beautifully captured and presented, fascinating write up too.

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28 Mar 2011 - 9:54 PM

Fascinating place - some excellent detail and tones here Pamela
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PaulLiley  6 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2011 - 10:21 PM

Great set spot on exposure and intersting write up. Paul

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Suehh
Suehh  839 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2011 - 11:50 PM

Beautiful shots - especially, for me, V3. The tones are glorious as is the light. Very interesting narrative too Pamela.

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29 Mar 2011 - 8:30 PM

like the warm colour and the glow, v3 then 1 are my favs.lesley

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29 Mar 2011 - 8:48 PM

good set of shots v3 for the tones and light .well recorded.

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dmhuynh72  742 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2011 - 8:19 AM

interesting write up Pam. Nicely taken image with good lighting and detail.
regards
Yung

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wolfy
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30 Mar 2011 - 2:55 PM

Excellent set of shots Pamela, and good words too..interesting indeed!

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TelStar
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31 Mar 2011 - 9:34 AM

Great set. Love V2.

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EAS
EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2011 - 4:03 PM

Greatly enjoyed this mini tour and the interesting info you supplied too. For me it has to be V1 which is lit so perfectly and has such wonderful detail and texture.

Ann

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2 Apr 2011 - 7:55 PM

A fascinating set of images Pamela, the detail in the stonework is highly impressive.
Quote: What a very interesting narrative Sylvia...and images to matchGrin

Adrian

I fear that Tomcat has been on the cheap lager again as his memory has gone to pot!Wink

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3 Apr 2011 - 11:22 AM

Beautiful series Pamela.
Rende

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franfoto
franfoto  7 England32 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2011 - 3:58 PM

Fantastic rustic detail and lighting in all 6 shots, pin sharp focussing and an extremely interesting history, cant chose a favourite, I enjoyed all of them.

Fran

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13 Apr 2011 - 1:40 PM

Wonderful set, each worthy on it's own.
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Paree
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3 Jun 2011 - 9:39 PM

l like them all equally.
i have just got home from Spain,
a beautiful country

paree Grin

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27 Aug 2011 - 6:50 PM

THese are the exact tiles my wife wants in the kitchen Grin

What can I tell the master ( doesn't sound so kinky as Mistress !) I've really enjoyed looking through your set Pamela.

Más bellas
Nick

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2 Sep 2012 - 2:30 PM

Great set Pamela.GrinGrin

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