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Quantitative Characteristic of the Hamams in the Present-Day Towns of Bulgaria during the 16th–17th Centuries


Authors:
Zhulieta Gyuleva Regional Museum of History – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 108-115
DOI: https://doi.org/10.54664/HVPG3391

Abstract:

Together with the mosques, hamams are among the most characteristic Muslim public buildings. Usually they were part of an architectural complex – imaret. In addition to the Friday mosque and a number of commercial buildings, there was also a hamam in the urban center. Their place and importance in the architectural and urban planning of the settlements has not been studied yet. In this study we look at the issue of the number of hamams in some Bulgarian towns during XVI–XVII c., what is due to, whether it is permanent or not, and how much it is related to the size and the population of the cities. Since they are part of a vast empire, they must to be placed in any case in the context of the other Ottoman provinces. This will allow the question to be answered if there is a difference between them or the things are identical.

Keywords:

hamams, Bulgarian lands, Ottoman period, quantitative characteristic.

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