Daut Pasha Hammam

One of the most important monuments of the Islamic profane architecture and one of the most successful public buildings in early Constantinople style is the Daut Pasha Hammam, placed at the entrance of today’s Skopje Old Bazaar, close to the Stone Bridge. It is built in the second half of XV century (1489-1497), as a legacy of the Vizier of Rumelia that was on service in Skopje. The Hammam has 13 domes of different sizes and is divided in two identical parts – for men and women. According to the findings the Hammam had never been operational. There are two legends about the Hammam. According to the first legend the heating of the Hammam had required enormous quantity of wood, and since the forest on Vodno had been almost completely destroyed, there was not enough wood for heating. The other legend says that Daut Pasha’s daughter had visited the hammam before the opening and she was bitten by a poison snake that crawled out the walls. She died and the Pasha gave an order the hammam to be closed and never to be used.