Heritage Preservation: Tangible Heritage: The Bathhouses of Alexandria in the 19th and 20th Centuries
(Hammamat el Eskandarieh fe el Qarnien el Tas’a ‘ashar wal ‘ashreen)
During the period between March 2006 and October 2007, Alex Med undertook a survey of the bathhouses, or hammams, of Alexandria as part of its overall mission to study, document and preserve the city’s architectural and urban heritage. Use was made of multiple documents from the archives of the Alexandria law courts and municipality, which are kept in Dar el Watha’ak el Qaumayya (the National Archives), as well as other sources. During the course of this survey, an unknown hammam called the Hassan Abdallah Hammam, was discovered. In addition, reconstructions of the design of three hammams no longer in existence, were made according to detailed descriptions discovered in old documents. Finally, the geographic location of ancient and no longer existing hammams was ascertained using old maps.
The major findings of this survey were published in a book entitled Hammamat el Eskandarieh fe el Qarnien el Tas’a ‘ashar wal ‘ashreen in November 2007 to coincide with the fifth anniversary celebrations of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.