Basement bathroom unearthed in Yazd

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YAZD, Aug. 09 (MNA) – A professor of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture, University of Yazd has announced a 200-year-old bathroom in the basement of a Qajar-era building has been uncovered.

Mohsen Abbasi told Mehr News local correspondent on Tuesday that the unscovered bathroom seemed to be sui generis, “since the Qajar houses rarely had bathrooms inside.”

“During the repair operation in the site of the Shamsaie House, as the locals call it, one of the buildings belonging to the Faculty of Arts and Architecture, University of Yazd, we found new features of the site, including a two-century bathroom in the basement of the house, a unique feature of the building,” said the professor.

“The bathroom is located on the north side of the house and at in depth of about 5 meters and covers an area of about 30 square meters,” he added.

Interestingly enough, he said, the bathroom possessed all main components of traditional baths, including a square or octagonal place called rahrow or corridors, garmkhaneh or hot room, khazineh or pool, and an ojagh or hearth.

“The bathroom has a limited capacity of three to four people at once or of a household; it was buried for a long time, and fortunately, it has sustained the least damage during decades, which indicates that the place will need minimal intervention in restoration and conservation process to be renewed,” Abbasi told Mehr News. 

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