Effimera turkish bath

Turkish bath

Effimera turkish bath

Effimera turkish bath

Much more than just a place to cleanse the skin, it is intimately bound up with everyday life, a place where people of every rank and station, young and old, rich a poor, townsman or villager, could come freely.

Women as well as men made use of the “hammam”, as the bath is known in Turkish, although of course at separate hours.

From the individual’s point of view, the hammam was a familiar place from the earliest weeks of life right up to its end.

The Turkish bath combines the techniques of the Roman bath with that of the central Asian steam bath, the Turks called the roman baths, hammam, which is actually an Arabic word meaning bath.

The Arabs built versions of the greek-roman baths that they met following their conquest of Alexandria in 641 AD.

The Turks Were enslaved by the arabs and in this way Were Introduced to Arabic culture.

The shamanistic and buddhist, having emigrated from Central Asia to what is now Turkey, converted to Islam after the muslim conquest of transoxiana between the 7th and 8th century AD. By the 15th century the Turks had completely conquered the formerly christian byzantine empire.

It was during this period that the Hellenized roman and turkish cultures heavily influenced each other and gave birth to cultural fusion that is the Turkish bath. Some of the early Turkish baths were in old Roman baths while others were built next to mosques, serving both as communal centres and as houses of worship.

A Turkish bath or hammam is similar to a Scandinavian sauna but is closer to a Roman bath. It is based on the same principles as the steam bath but the focus is on water and not steam

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