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  Roman column of hammam al Zahir (Dec 09)
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  • Hammam al Malik al Zahir (Dec 09) - Damascus
      Hammam al Malik al Zahir (Dec 09)
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  • Hammam al-Malik al-Zahir - Damascus

Hammam al-Malik al-Zahir is the oldest surviving hammam in Damascus and the whole of Syria. Although it dates from 985 AD, it officially became known by its current name in the 13th century when the son of the Mamluke Sultan Baibars purchased it along with the adjacent property, Beit Aqiqi, the mansion where the father of Saladdin had lived. Beit Aqiqi was converted into Madrassa al-Zahiriyeh and the mausoleum of Baibars, while the bath was renamed al-Malik al-Zahir, which is how Sultan Baibars was also known. The hammam is located at the corner of an L-shaped street that traces the edge of the portico of the outer enclosure of the Roman Temple of Jupiter. This very corner is marked by a Roman column, which has stood at this very location for nearly 2000 years!

Address: Bab al-Barid Street

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  • Updated Feb 17, 2010
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