The medieval hammam of Aghmat is one of the oldest and largest in Morocco as well as in all of western Islam. It was originally built in the late 10th century when the city was capital of the local Zenata emirate of the Bani Maghrawa. The plan consists of two important elements. First, the three parallel rooms (cold, warm and hot) baths which constitute the hammam, strictly speaking. They are built of river stones bound by a hard lime mortar. The second component is the reception room and sitting room, which have evolved to take their final shape in thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It is organized around a central courtyard adorned by an octagonal basin and open galleries on all four sides. The main water supply is the seguia (canal) Sultaniya which runs along the western side of the building. The hydraulic system is evidence of the ingenious skill of the Berber founders of the city. The hammam was abandoned in the late fourteenth century coinciding with the end of the city itself. In the 16th century, potters and other craftsmen reclaimed the structure as their workshops.
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