Turkish Baths of Chios

The Turkish Baths were constructed within the confines of the Kastro (castle) of Chios town in the 18th century

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The Turkish Baths were constructed within the confines of the Kastro (castle) of Chios town in the 18th Century. The Baths were originally part of a complex which also included a mosque and a cemetery meant to serve the Muslim men and women of the Kastro. The interior of the Baths is composed of a series of rooms meant to increase in heat as the patron made their way through the building. The rooms also had secondary functions other than heating, for example massaging, and there are multiple other rooms meant to accommodate various functions such as grooming and waxing; there was also a bathroom. Heating was achieved through the releasing of hot steam beneath the floors and by the emitting of steam directly into the rooms, both by use of a system of pipes.

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A temporary exhibition is currently on display at the Baths featuring a mix of modern art and antiquities. The antiquities are shown below; I worked with similar artifacts at my time at the ceramics workshop in the Osmaniye Mosque.

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Below are some preserved examples of the late-Ottoman period tile work which once covered the floors of the Baths.

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