The city of Aleppo was once known for its historic markets and ancient baths. One of the traditional rituals locals had grown fond of over the years was a weekend visit to the hammam, or Turkish bath house, where they enjoyed not only the hot water but also a very special atmosphere.
However, the war forced many bath owners to shut down their businesses and look for alternative sources of income. Aleppo’s old baths are architecturally unique as they combine both beauty and brilliant engineering. In past times, these baths functioned as social centres, like today’s sports and recreational clubs.
They were places where people could socialise, as well as cleanse their bodies, and so helped keep communities together.