A Patio from Balansiya (Key Facts)

The Islamic house consisted of a series of rooms built around a central, open patio. This design allowed for one or two (sometimes more) of the married sons to remain in the family home after marrying, reserving each area for conjugal intimacy within the building. The “extended family” that inhabited each house was a cohesive and autonomous group, their domestic work divided between the women.

This recreation of a typical workday in the life of an artisanal family in Madinat Balansiya provides an anthropological look at Andalusian society in the first few decades of the thirteenth century.