Hammam al-Sarah

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Hammam al-Sarah is an Umayyad bathhouse (hammam) in Jordan, built in connection with the complex of Qasr al-Hallabat, which stands some 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the west.[1] Along with examples in the other desert castles of Jordan, it is one of the oldest surviving remains of a Muslim bathhouse.[2][3][4]

Hammam al-Sarah
Hammam al-Sarah.jpg
View from the front after reconstruction (2013)
Alternative namesHammam as-Sarkh, Hammam as-Sarakh
General information
Typebath house
Architectural styleUmayyad
LocationZarqa Governorate, Jordan


Qasr al-Hallabat is one of the Umayyad buildings collectively known as the desert castles. Its design shows similarities to that 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, sāqiyah or water-lifting device, 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.[5]

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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. ^ Sourdel-Thomine, J.; Louis, A. (2012). "Ḥammām". In Bearman, P.; Bianquis, Th.; Bosworth, C.E.; van Donzel, E.; Heinrichs, W.P. (eds.). Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Brill.
  3. ^ M. Bloom, Jonathan; S. Blair, Sheila, eds. (2009). "Bath". The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture. Oxford University Press.
  4. ^ Marçais, Georges (1954). L'architecture musulmane d'Occident. Paris: Arts et métiers graphiques. p. 215.
  5. ^ Qasr al-Hallabat with Hammam as-Sarakh

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

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