The Surviving Historic Hammams of the Medina of Tripoli - Libya: Tangible and Intangible Dimensions

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  • Authors:
  • M Sibley
  • F Fadli


the medina of Tripoli (capital city of Libya), has neverhad many historic public baths. This is probably dueto a more conservative tradition where most of theLibyan women use the hammām only once, as partof their pre-wedding preparation and celebration.This paper presents an analysis of the three and onlyremaining hammāms of Tripoli and the way they areused and perceived today. Based on the results ofa survey conducted by the authors in July 2008 (aspart of an AHRC funded research project on thehistoric hammāms of North Africa) the architecturalcharacteristics of these historic structures arepresented along with their increasing usage by acosmopolitan population (Tunisians, Moroccans andSudanese) living inside the medina. This paper alsooutlines a number of guidelines for the sustainable useand adaptation of the hammām within the Libyancontext.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-108
Number of pages16
JournalArchnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008