| 27 September 2021, Monday |

Tripoli is suffering from deprivation, its history is at risk

Hammam al Nouri in Tripoli is located nearby the Mansouri Great Mosque. This historical hammam, is considered an archaeological masterpiece and one of the largest, oldest, and most ancient hammams in Lebanon.

Head of the Committee of Antiquities and Heritage at Tripoli Municipality Khaled Omar Tadmuri told Sawt Beirut International’s reporter Ghassan Farran, “Hammam al-Nuri is the oldest and most ancient hammam in Tripoli, but rather in Lebanon. It is distinguished by its high domes, large area and heritage divisions. Its walls are decorated with Ottoman ceramics.”

He added that this “hammam was built in the Mamluk era by Prince Abdullah Sanjar al-Nuri in the year 1310 AD, and that’s why it was known by his name.”

Devastation ravages the hammam, and negligence is not the result of the new crisis, but rather is rooted for decades. “The hammam needs quick rescue, as it has lost many of its decorative and architectural aspects, although it preserves its architectural formations. It was exposed during the Lebanese war to a number of missiles,” he said.

“The construction of Hammam al Nuri is still cohesive, but renovation is necessary since it is a closed place with no openings and windows, which helps to increase humidity in the interior place, and this affects the sandstone from which it was built, so it is permanently subjected to disintegration,” Tadmuri said.

Tripoli has been suffering, for decades, from negligence, deprivation, and a bitter reality, and its history is at risk.