Saving Syria’s Historic Bathhouses
Ghazwan Yaghi, an expert on Islamic archaeology, believe only 17 communal baths are still opening in the Syrian capital. Once a centre for socialising, many of the estimated 200 bathhouses are in a state of disrepair and neglect.
“The role of the bathhouse has shrunk, and they have been under a lot of pressure, both architecturally and financially,” said Sarab Atasi, a researcher who heads the Old Damascus Studies Office at the French Institute of the Near East in Syria.
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