jueves, 12 de enero de 2017

Medina Siyasa. How did they Live?

As I mentioned in the previous post, about 20 houses have been excavated, but more than 700 have been recorded. Some 4,000 people lived here from the first presences in the 11th century to their maximum of explendor in the 12th and 13th centuries
In the excavated part you can walk through its streets and see how they could live there.
These houses were constructed with a great extension but they had to be restructured by reason of the population growth, showing most of the excavated a structure of four habitacles that surrounded a central patio. With the increase of the population, the space to build was decreasing and thus the size of the dwellings.
This arrangement helped in the way of life of the Muslim family during the Middle Ages in which their rich daily life was conceived in the interior of their dwellings, in the intimacy of their members, without showing anything to the outside. Due to this, there are hardly any signs of windows open to the busy streets of the town.
In the picture you can see, from the interior of the house, how it was distributed, with the rooms around the central courtyard, which in this case also had a small pond.
And the views, spectacular.

1 comentario:

William Kendall dijo...

Quite a place for them to have lived in. The archaeologists must have many questions.