Hammam al-Nahhasin

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Hammam al-Nahhasin
حمام النحاسين
Hammam Al-Nahhasseen Aleppo.jpg
Hammam al-Nahhasin
General information
LocationAleppo, Syria
Completed12th century
Technical details
Floor count1

Hammam al-Nahhasin (Arabic: حمام النحاسين‎) is one of the oldest and largest public baths (hammam or Turkish bath) in Aleppo, Syria. It is located in Al-Madina Souq of the Ancient City of Aleppo, to the south of the Great Umayyad Mosque, near Khan al-Nahhasin. It was originally built in the 12th century and renovated several times during the Mamluk and Ottoman periods. However, most of the current building of the hammam belongs to the Ottoman period.[1] Hammam al-Nahhasin literally means the bath of the coppersmiths.

The hammam is divided into three sections:

  • The internal section contains the warm rooms and the hot rooms. The warm rooms are designated for a short relaxation before taking bath. The hot rooms are designated for a full body wash and steam bath.
  • The central section is designated for a massage after the body wash.
  • The external section is the largest part of the hammam, characterized with its traditional wooden decorations and marble floor. Here, bathers can take a period of relaxation around the pond.

The hammam has an entirely isolated section for women called "Hammam as-Sitt".