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Hammam
Arabic: hammām



Massage bench in hammam in Antalya, Turkey.
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Massage bench in hammam in Antalya, Turkey.

Simple, traditional hammam in Hama, Syria.
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Simple, traditional hammam in Hama, Syria.

Arabic public baths which continue Roman, and sometimes even Ottoman traditions.
Hammams served the public in times when bathrooms were not a part of a normal house. Hammams are still scattered throughout cities in Arab countries. They are more typical in local areas and are widely used. Although the importance has shifted to the enjoyment of luxury and social contact, many Arabs do not feel healthy if they do not visit the hammam regularly.
Hammams are made up of steam baths and pools. Hammams are used by both men and women; some have different hours for the sexes, while others serve only one sex.




By Tore Kjeilen