Bey Hamam, alternatively known as the "Baths of Paradise", is a Turkish bathhouse located along Egnatia Street in Thessaloniki, east of Panagia Chalkeon.
Built in 1444 by sultan Murad II, it was the first Ottoman bath in Thessaloniki and the most important one still standing throughout Greece. For this reason, it is a part of those few important vestiges of Ottoman culture remaining in Thessaloniki and Greece in general.
It is a double bath, with two separate parts for men and women. The male quarters are the most spacious and luxurious, but each one follows the same tripartite plan - a succession of three parts, the cold, tepid, and hot rooms. A large rectangular cistern flanks the baths to the east and guarantees their water supply.
The baths for the men include a large octagonal cold room, with a gallery resting on columns, arcades surrounding their windows, and a painted cupola. It is followed, in south-east, by the tepid room, also octagonal, equipped with a cupola with occuli and with a rich series of painted depictions of plants. Further to the east lies the complex of hot rooms, ordered around a large cruciform room, wherein the massage table might always be found, standing, now as ever, in its centre. Eight small hot and tepid rooms open on this space and are equipped with basins and marble benches.
The baths remained in usage, under the name "Baths of Paradise", up until 1968, where they were leased to the Greek archaeological service for four years. After the earthquake of 1978, which shook Thessaloniki especially hard, the baths were restored, and are used to this day for cultural events and short-lived exhibitions. Meanwhile, the eastern annex became the principal shop of the Foundation of Archaeological Receipts of the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture.
Το Μπέη Χαμάμ είναι κτήριο της Οθωμανικής περιόδου στην Θεσσαλονίκη και βρίσκεται επί της οδού Εγνατία περίπου στο ύψος της οδού Αριστοτέλους. Χτίστηκε το 1444, 14 χρόνια μετά την κατάληψη της Θεσσαλονίκης από τον Μουράτ Β΄, πάνω σε απομεινάρια βυζαντινών εκκλησιών. Λειτούργησε ως χαμάμ μέχρι τη δεκαετία του 1960 και αναστηλώθηκε τη δεκαετία του 80. Είναι επίσης γνωστό με το όνομα Λουτρά Παράδεισος. Σήμερα λειτουργεί ως χώρος πολιτιστικών εκδηλώσεων
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carlo62 (39651) 2013-12-13 0:18
bella contrapposizione tra le antiche cupole e i palazzi moderni, ottimo anche il contrasto tra le due luci, il sole sembra prediligere le cose più nuove...
papagolf21 (91384) 2013-12-13 1:20
Bonjour, cher Costantino,
Quel contraste ! Merci de nous présenter d'une aussi belle façon cet édifice religieux.
Une façon originale de découvrir le pays.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-12-13 1:51
magnificent view of Thessaloniki!
I like your POV with this old church in the FG.Also the light is very nice and gives so lovely,warm touch to the scene.
Have a nice day
cornejo (36353) 2013-12-13 5:19
Hello Costantino, very good picture of these interesting Turkish baths, with residential buildings gilded by the sun in the background, very well captured in this interesting image on a good note, good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
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Sergiom (68602) 2013-12-13 5:47
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. Les bulles à l'avant plan très anciennes viennent contraster avec les immeubles modernes au loin. Un beau jeu d'ombres et de lumière.
macjake (62280) 2013-12-16 5:03
I'm a big fan of seeing the 'other' sides of Greece too, not only the usual destinations.
so much to see out there :)
very interesting note too. its a shame the male baths were built to a higher standard...I suppose thats just the way it was, things have certainly changed for the better over the years!
I like the way we can see two distinct levels of light, and the photo is divided smartly that way.
fine post from Greece.
batalay (37197) 2013-12-20 6:52
It's a pleasure to see photos of Thessaloniki, where my father's father (paternal grandfather) was born in the late 19th century. One of the great pleasures of my life was hunting down Ataturk's house on our visit to the city in 2006. If you get a chance read A Love Story Lent a Helping Hand.
Happy Holiday Season and a Wonderful 2014.
Nicou (131358) 2013-12-21 23:27
quelle vue et contraste avec les deux coupoles en premier plan et cette architecture de maisons en fond fantastique iamge et compo.
Bravo et amitié
photoray (13719) 2014-01-11 7:19
Interesting scene with the ancient Turkish bath domes architecture contrasted with the background of crowded modern high rise apartments.
npecanhuk (70782) 2014-01-11 7:30
Very interesting and attractive urban & architecture picture!
Special regards to those dome-like rooftops in the lower foreground!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
jmdias (59190) 2014-01-26 5:22
nice contrast between the old domes and the modern buildings ahead. good details of the town seen here. TFS.