An area inside the main lobby of the Hotel Museu (the Museum Hotel) is covered by glass - in the basement of the hotel, an old Muslim neighbourhood was discovered

An area inside the main lobby of the Hotel Museu (the Museum Hotel) is covered by glass - in the basement of the hotel, an old Muslim neighbourhood was discovered

This old photograph shows when the hotel was being built and medieval remains were discovered

This old photograph shows when the hotel was being built and medieval remains were discovered

In the past, this area was inhabited by the Romans and later by the Muslims

In the past, this area was inhabited by the Romans and later by the Muslims

Corridors of this hotel show photographs which tell the story of the discovery

Corridors of this hotel show photographs which tell the story of the discovery

The museum has an area of 100 square meters which display a representative exhibition of archaeological work developed there, with a variety of items found at the same place

The museum has an area of 100 square meters which display a representative exhibition of archaeological work developed there, with a variety of items found at the same place

These objects on display are from the 12th century Muslim period in Mertola

These objects on display are from the 12th century Muslim period in Mertola

Most of these objects are ceramics - it was common method of making pottery in the past

Most of these objects are ceramics - it was common method of making pottery in the past

Items on display here belong to a mounted rider and some of the harnesses used by a horse

Items on display here belong to a mounted rider and some of the harnesses used by a horse

In this photo, path to the left was a street during the Almohad period  and house sits to the right

In this photo, path to the left was a street during the Almohad period and house sits to the right

Main entrance of the house was at the bottom (right) of the street and it was followed by a patio

Main entrance of the house was at the bottom (right) of the street and it was followed by a patio

The room at the front (beside the wall) was used as a storage

The room at the front (beside the wall) was used as a storage

A closer look at the walls of the storage room and alcove behind it

A closer look at the walls of the storage room and alcove behind it

This is the reception room (usually the largest room) of the house

This is the reception room (usually the largest room) of the house

Storage room at the bottom, and alcove sits at the top of this photo

Storage room at the bottom, and alcove sits at the top of this photo

There was a sewerage system in place and this house also has a toilet

There was a sewerage system in place and this house also has a toilet

The street beside the house goes uphill, since this part of Mertola sits between the river banks and the town

The street beside the house goes uphill, since this part of Mertola sits between the river banks and the town

Kitchen was important part of any house during the Almohad period and it was connected to a store room

Kitchen was important part of any house during the Almohad period and it was connected to a store room

The Weaving Workshop in Mertola is part of the Mertola Museum project

The Weaving Workshop in Mertola is part of the Mertola Museum project

Wooden distaffs at display, beside the entrance of the workshop

Wooden distaffs at display, beside the entrance of the workshop

Weaving woollen blankets is one of the regionís oldest traditional arts

Weaving woollen blankets is one of the regionís oldest traditional arts

The decorative motifs of these blankets are similar to an ornamental style seen in the Berber traditions

The decorative motifs of these blankets are similar to an ornamental style seen in the Berber traditions

Even to this day, some of the town folks are keeping this tradition alive

Even to this day, some of the town folks are keeping this tradition alive

Looking back at the entrance of the workshop

Looking back at the entrance of the workshop

This is the main weaving station in the workshop

This is the main weaving station in the workshop

Wool spindles work with the wool and expert weaver turn wool into beautiful blankets and other household objects

Wool spindles work with the wool and expert weaver turn wool into beautiful blankets and other household objects

For a moment, it looks like a messy workshop but in reality it is not - everything has its own space and value

For a moment, it looks like a messy workshop but in reality it is not - everything has its own space and value

Wool is put through this manual thrasher which in return makes the wool thinner and softer

Wool is put through this manual thrasher which in return makes the wool thinner and softer

Dyes are used to colour the wool so different patterns can be created

Dyes are used to colour the wool so different patterns can be created

After thrashing, wool is brought to the wooden wool winder - this round wheel is used to place wool on the bobbins

After thrashing, wool is brought to the wooden wool winder - this round wheel is used to place wool on the bobbins

A wooden wool winder on display inside the workshop

A wooden wool winder on display inside the workshop

Wool is spread around these wooden rolags and thus thread can be separated

Wool is spread around these wooden rolags and thus thread can be separated

A wooden chair used by a worker with attached distaff

A wooden chair used by a worker with attached distaff

A carpet studed with beautiful patterns - other items which are made in this workshop are woollen blankets, rugs, linen towels and socks

A carpet studed with beautiful patterns - other items which are made in this workshop are woollen blankets, rugs, linen towels and socks

Bobbins are stored at the bottom of a wooden table and some of the products are at the top

Bobbins are stored at the bottom of a wooden table and some of the products are at the top

It is an interesting place to see the art of weaving in motion

It is an interesting place to see the art of weaving in motion

A local staff working inside the weaving workshop

A local staff working inside the weaving workshop

Now, hand weaving is a dying art but Mertola is keeping this art alive through this workshop

Now, hand weaving is a dying art but Mertola is keeping this art alive through this workshop

There is a small giftshop inside the building which sells the products made inside the weaving workshop

There is a small giftshop inside the building which sells the products made inside the weaving workshop

It is amazing to see how many products can be made by using the weaving techniques

It is amazing to see how many products can be made by using the weaving techniques