historical hammamsacross Nakhchivan
For centuries, as everywhere in the East, bathhouses in Nakhchivan have been places not only for washing and cleansing, but also beloved venues for social gatherings and exchanges. These traditions continue today at Sharg Hamam (‘Eastern’ Hamam), which opened in Nakhchivan city centre in 2015. The bathhouse, comprising two separate sections for men and women, allows visitors to enjoy the relaxing effects of the traditional Eastern style of hammam, before indulging in delicious tea.
Nusnus Hamam, dating to the 14th-15th centuries, is an architectural monument of the past located in the village of Nusnus of Ordubad District. Part of a group of underground hammams, this site features a changing and bathing hall, which is connected to auxiliary rooms covered with two domes. What distinguishes Nusnus Hamam from other medieval bathhouses is the construction of its walls and domes from mountain stone.
Another beautiful example of Eastern architecture, Yengija Hamam, was constructed in the 18th century by the female philanthropist Tovuz from the village of Shahtakhti. The monument served as a hammam until the 1980s and was then restored in 2018.
The Eastern hammam in Shahtakhti, unlike many underground bathhouses, is actually considered to be semi-underground. In addition, according to the villagers, in the past straw was used to heat the hammam. By visiting this restored bathhouse, you can experience the traditions of Eastern hammams.