Hammam Amir Bashtak
Cairo, Egypt
The portal of Amir Bashtak's hammam is the only surviving remnant from the original Mamluk bath. Now located about one and a half meters below ground level, the portal has a ribbed keel arch with the amir's blazon (a napkin, the blazon of the jamdar, or master of the robes), inlaid black & white marble strapwork, and a dated inscription. The interior, likely remodeled during the Ottoman period, retains many typical elements of bathhouse design. It may have originally been a double bath for men and women, but only one half survives; the men's half was in use until the early years of the 21st century, providing bathing facilities for people of the lower and middle classes who lived nearby.


Warner, Nicholas. The monuments of historic Cairo: a map and descriptive catalogue, 133. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2005.

Williams, Caroline. Islamic monuments in Cairo : the practical guide, 93. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2008.
Shari' Suq al-Silah, al-Darb al-'Amar, Cairo, Egypt
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1341/742 AH
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Amir Bashtak Baths
Hammam of Amir Beshtak
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