Hamam in Durres

Hamam in Durres is one of few surviving examples of 18th century public architecture. Its rehabilitation offers the opportunity for visitors to more fully engage in the story of historical lifestyles in Durres, as part of the ‘’linked heritage’’ approach.

Interventions proposed and intended to be implemented for site rehabilitation, regarding EU4Culture Project include:


Conservation scope
– Conservation of surfaces and the restoration of the original scope of space
– Restoration of missing elements of bath’s utility functions
– Partial structural stabilization and drainage
– Guardrails around authentic elements which would be the focus of a display
– Disaster risk management
– Maintenance program and plans

– Electrical installations for lighting
– Surveillance and safety system
– Ticketing and information connected to venetian tower
– Urban landscaping around the hamam to provide the space to rest and read information
– Health and safety


Revitalization scope

– Classical interpretation via panels, brass rubbing panels and similar means
– Interactive interpretation of the history of hamam connecting it with similar and baths nearby
– Digital interpretation of the history of the baths in Albania (across different time periods)
– Identifying, engaging and supporting local producers and artisans for souvenirs and traditional produce shop (for venetian tower)
– Branding and visual identity



– Designing structure for managing visitors’ and functions for local engagement
– Introducing ticketing system and analysing additional streams of revenue
– Packaging and promoting the site alongside attractions of the area


Local socio economic component (grant schemes and practical training)

– Creating a base of handy products related to history of hamam and water usage – encouraging local herb producers and designers to develop products to be sold at venetian tower and at the hamam