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Título: Hammams and the contemporary city: the case of Isfahan, Iran
Autor: Sarmento, João
Kazemi, Z.
Palavras-chave: hammams
new functions
Data: 2012
Editora: Taylor & Francis
Citação: J. Sarmento & Z. Kazemi (2014) Hammams and the contemporary city: the case of Isfahan, Iran, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 20:2, 138-156, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2012.736873
Resumo: Hammams, or public baths, are an essential part of the social life in urban Islam. Often, they have a rich and inspiring architecture. In Iran and, in particular, in Isfahan – a large and historic city in central of Iran – numerous hammams were built since the Safavid dynasty (1501–1722). Social and urban changes have resulted in a significant decline in the number of hammams over the years. This paper starts by describing the multiple dimensions of hammams, such as their main architecture features, their role in health, society and culture. This is followed by an analysis of hammams in Isfahan, using a modified version of Büyükdigan categories for Ottoman baths: (i) ‘baths in ruins’; (ii) ‘baths continuing their original functions’; and (iii) ‘baths readjusted for new uses’. Anecdotal evidence from a survey conducted in 15 hammams is used throughout this paper. The main conclusions relate to the rapid deterioration of hammams in daily life, coupled with the lack of detailed documentation, which would allow proper planning and development, and the deficient use of some of these magnificent buildings and places for tourism development.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10451/28315
DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2012.736873
ISSN: 1352-7258
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