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Tripoli’s only functioning hammam is Hammam el-Abed, and it is the least elegant. Probably built at the end of the 17th century.
It has the typical pierced domes of Mamluke and Ottoman era public baths. The interior, with its cushions, central fountain and traditional fittings, is a living museum.

hammam el abed tripoli

hammam el abed tripoli
Sadly, it’s only for men unless you can arrange to reserve the entire bathhouse for women in advance. The location of Hammam El Abed was carefully considered to suit the needs of the population;

it is placed in the center of the commercial district next to the two khans to serve that densely populated area.

hammam el abed tripoli

 

Hammam El Abed tripoli

hammam el abed tripoli

 

Hammam El Abed had two main entrance : One from the Souk of Gold and the second entrance from the old Souk main street.

 

Hammam El Abed tripoli

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Hammam el Abed, Tripoli