Qasr Hammam As Sarah

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Hammam as-Sarah
Qasr As-Sarah, front view.jpg
View from the back of the bath house (the furnace chamber) while under reconstruction
Alternative names Hammam as-Sarkh, Hammam as-Sarakh
General information
Type bath house
Architectural style Umayyad
Location Qasr Hammam As-Sarah, Zarqa Governorate, Jordan

Hammam as-Sarah is an Umayyad bathhouse located in Jordan, and built in connection with the complex of Qasr al-Hallabat, which stands some 2 kilometres to the west.[1] Qasr al-Hallabat is one of the Umayyad buildings collectively known as the desert castles. The design of Hammam as-Sarah shows similarities to the design of Qusayr 'Amra, another one of the desert castles.[1] The design consists of a rectangular audience hall as well as the actual baths.[1] The baths comprise an apodyterium (undressing room), tepidarium (warm room) and caldarium (hot room), with attached furnace, water well, water lifting device (saqiya), and raised water tank.[1] The remains of a roofless mosque next to the furnace are of recent date.[1] As of 2007 or earlier, most of the bath complex as well as the accompanying mosaics and sculpture were being conserved.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Ghazi Bisheh (2010). Hammam al-Sarah. The Umayyads: The Rise of Islamic Art. Islamic Art in the Mediterranean (Jordan). Museum With No Frontiers. ISBN 978-3-902782-07-6. 
  2. ^ Qasr al-Hallabat with Hammam al-Sarakh

Coordinates: 32°05′34″N 36°19′41″E / 32.0929°N 36.3280°E / 32.0929; 36.3280