Ottoman Hammam

The Ottoman Hammam is located in Bazar Bashi, one of the oldest markets in Homs, it was built in 1325 A.H. The architecture of the Hammam has a high sense of proportion and symmetry, consisting of black and white stones, stone arches and elaborate paintings covering its walls.

Like many others Hammams, it consists of three basic interconnected rooms divided sequentially based on the temperature: caldarium, which is the hot room; tepidarium, the warm room, which is the intermediate room; and the frigidarium, the cool room. The outer room (frigidarium), usually the biggest, has a nice water basin in the center and it is a place for reception and changing clothes. The temperature rises in the intermediate room to prepare the visitors for shower. After that, the visitor enters the inner room - “beit al-Nar” fire house- which has bath troughs and hot water, the temperature inside is very high.

The Hammam was out of service for many decades until it was renovated a couple years ago. This Hammam and the Bashi Hammam are only working hammams in the city. The Hammam was one of the few buildings that survived the current war, however; it was lightly damaged by the clashes that took place near the Hammam.

                                                                                                                                                       Text: Reem Lababidi

Mariam Bachich


Mariam Bachich


Lens Young Homsi group

Dr. Abdulrazzak Tayyara

Dr. Abdulrazzak Tayyara

Dr. Abdulrazzak Tayyara