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  Hamamni Persian Baths
by call_me_rhia

The Hamamni Persian Baths are... baths. They were commissioned by Sultan Barghash bin Said and were built for public use. Hamamni means "place of the baths" .

They were built for public use, although the 10 cents entrance made sure that only wealthy people could access them, and had separate times for men and women. Men could use the baths in the afternoon and women in the morning.

The baths are nowadays no longer functional but, while the water has gone, the tubs are still there to be seen, as well as the architecture.

The front rooms were used for changing, barbering and socializing, then at the end of a long hall there was the warm room with the baths (hot and cold). There were also areas toilets and a private shaving area.

The shaving area has a simple explanation: it was customary for married Muslim people to shave all body hair.

Directions: in the Hamamni area of Stone Town

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  • Updated Mar 29, 2006
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