Cifte Hamam [Contemporary Arts Centre]

The mid-15th century Cifte or Double Hamam in the heart of the bazaar was in use as a bath house until 1915. Reconstructed after the 1963 earthquake, it now houses the Contemporary Art Gallery. The layout of the hamam is symmetrical, with the heating room at the centre and separate bathing areas for men and women, each with their own entrance at either ends of the building. There was a barber for the men, depilation for the ladies, and massage rooms, rooms for relaxing and steam rooms for both. Interestingly, Skopje's Jews used this bath house for ritual bathing too during Ottoman times; a marble pool was installed for them.

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