Iran Historical Bathhouses

 

 

 

 

Vakil Bathhouse

Vakil Bathhouse is formed of a small entrance, a steep hallway, a vestibule called Sarbine which has 8 pillars made of stone with an elegant ceiling adorned with limestone carvings and a stone fountain built in the middle of vestibule. Today the bathhouse is nicely decorated with waxworks and it has been converted to a beautiful historical museum, depicting the traditions of Iranian bathing about 200 years ago, which is a must-see site in Shiraz city.

 

Sultan Amir Ahmad bathhouse 

Sultan Amir Ahmad bathhouse is one of the oldest bathhouses in Iran, dating back to about 400 years ago and encompasses an area of about 1000 square meters. in the past  bathhouses were not just a place for cleanliness, it was also used for relaxation and even discussions. The bathhouse is ornately designed with turquoise and gold tiles, brickworks and plaster works and consists of 2 main parts; an octagonal vestibule or sarbine and a hot bathing hall which is called Garmkhane. Today the house is open to public and has become a major tourist destination.

 

Ali Gholi Agha Bathhouse

Ali Gholi Agha Hammam(bathhouse) was built in 1713 AD by Ali Gholi Agha who was one of the courtiers of king Sultan Hossein and king Soleiman. In the past bathhouses were not just built for cleaning the body, they were used for gatherings and discussions too. As Ali Gholi Agha was a royal-related person, this bathhouse is really well-designed and is decorated with beautiful tiles and  is formed of  a large and a smaller part and each part has a beautiful and ornate pool, a sarbine(dressing hall) and a Garmkhane( the main part of the bathhouse were they cleaned themselves in it). This place has attracted the attention of visitors and archeologists and hundred of tourists visit this ornate bathhouse annually.


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