The Consortium of Toledo renews the routes “Unknown Heritage”, and from this Monday 14 April (2008) includes the Church of San Sebastian, the Roman remains of Nuncio Viejo and the Angel Bath.
Both the two archaeological sites and the monument, once the work of recovery and enhancement was completed, were exceptional protagonists in the past VI Open Days, organized by the Consortium itself, as reported in a press release.
For their part, the Caves of Hercules and the Baths of Cenizal momentarily leave the Routes, as new works of value are being carried out.
In addition, The Toledo Consortium has just published a new brochure explaining its Routes, which includes brief historical-archaeological descriptions of all the properties that can be visited, photographs of them and the weekly schedule of visits.
The new brochures, which incorporate all the new features produced from 14 April, can already be found in the new offices of the Consortium, in Plaza de Santo Domingo el Antiguo, 4, and in the Centre for the Management of Cultural Resources of the Roman Baths in Plaza de Amador de los Ríos. In 2007, the “Unknown Heritage” Routes attracted the attention of 71,500 visitors.
The Church of San Sebastián is located in the so-called “Barrio de Curtidores”, within which defensive constructions such as the door of bab al-Dabbagin or “Puerta de los Curtidores” would be framed, most probably located in the vicinity of the church.
Through documentary sources, as well as the study of walls and the archaeological excavation carried out during this restoration, it has been possible to conclude that the current church of San Sebastián has been a building with a continuous occupation, from the tenth to the twentieth century, with a first Islamic phase and a second Christian.
The bath in Calle del Ángel is one of the best preserved of the eight that still have recognisable structures within Toledo’s Historical Quarter. The restored room corresponds to the hot one and, unlike other baths, it maintains the hippocaust that is still the best preserved of Muslim civil architecture in Toledo.
The performance on the hot room of the Bath of the Angel tries to make this space understandable, so much from the point of view of the form as of the function and the use that was made of it. This room has a tripartite configuration with two bedrooms on the sides of the central space, separated by two horseshoe arches on marble columns.
As for the Roman vaults, the intervention carried out by the Toledo Consortium has sought to adapt and enhance this enclosure located in the basements of the Calle Nuncio Viejo and the construction elements that make them up. It is a system of walls and vaults that, according to archaeological studies, date back to Roman times.
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