In the Ottoman empire, bodily hygiene was intrinsically linked to religious worshipping and meditation. According to the Koran only natural water can purify. For this purpose the Ottomans used the public baths (Hammam), spreading thus this practice over the whole territory. Likewise, in Chania, during the Ottoman reign, public and private baths were built.
One of these Hammams situated on 35 Chalidon street in Chania. It is a domed 17th century building which, since 2002, has been transformed into a clothes department. While clothes used to be uneccessary in this building, today it has become a meeting point for Greek fashion designers of every field.