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Again the photo inspired by Jorge. (I could be inspired every day.). He wrote:"a turkish bath in the shape of a mosque is something offensive anyway. for a brazilian a toilet and a bath room are almost the same thing. haha." Very wrong.

A Turkish bath or hammam is a type of steam bath or a place of public bathing associated with the Islamic world. It is a prominent feature in the culture of the Muslim world and was inherited from the model of the Roman thermae. Muslim bathhouses or hammams are historically found across the Middle East, North Africa, al-Andalus (Islamic Spain and Portugal), Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent.

In Islamic cultures the significance of the hammam was both religious and civic: it provided for the needs of ritual ablutions but also provided general hygiene and served other social functions in the community such as a gendered meeting place for men and for women.

The hammam combines the functionality and the structural elements of its predecessors in the Roman thermae with the Islamic tradition of steam bathing, ritual cleansing and respect of water. Islamic bathhouses were often constructed as annex buildings of mosques which were part of larger complexes acting as both community centres and houses of worship.

After this long description from Wikipedia the picture of the Iranian hammam in Kashan. The Turkish baths are often beautiful historical places, elaborately decorated.
Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse was constructed in the 16th century.
The interior of the bathhouse is decorated with turquoise and gold tilework, plasterwork, brickwork, as well as artistic paintings. The roof of the bathhouse is made of multiple domes that contain convex glasses to provide sufficient lighting to the bathhouse while concealing it from the outside.

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