Relaxation in Istanbul: What waits you in Turkish Bath or Hammam

Turkish Bath has been not only a place to have bath but also a place to relieve, refresh and enjoy for Turkish people. Even the wealthiest Ottoman women used to have bath at public Turkish baths despite the fact that they had their personal baths at their houses because traditional Turkish baths have let women socialize who lived behind closed doors. For this reason, having bath at public baths was a sensible idea. Traditional Turkish Baths are divided into several groups. For example; brides. Brides and their friends used to go to Turkish baths before their weddings. Preparations for the bath was literally a ritual. Watching the same marbles with people, sultans and ottomans who lived hundred years ago is a unique experience to feel the historical value beneath the marbles.

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How to Make a Turkish Bath?

  • You should put on a Bikini or short
  • Take a warm shower to soften your body dirts
  • Reach on central massage platform (gobektasi) in the bath
  • Massage with a rough mitt (Kese)
  • Have a bath with a white soap

What to take to The Turkish Bath?

  • Clean underwear
  • Bikini-Mayo
  • Shampoo
  • A towel
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Hint: Generally, bath attentent give a peshtemal, a bath glove and a soap in some Turkish Baths.

Here we prepared for you Istanbul’s best traditional baths.

1. Suleymaniye Hammam

Overview

Situated on the Third Hill of Istanbul, opposite the Golden Horn is a historic Turkish bath — Suleymaniye Hammam — named after Suleyman the Magnificent. Designed by the highly acclaimed Turkish architect Mimar Sinan in 1557, the hammam is part of the Suleymaniye Mosque. This traditional bathhouse is divided into three sections; cold, lukewarm and hot. Unlike other hammams, the Suleymaniye Hammam is mostly suitable for couples. In 1924, the bath was closed for renovations, and it was opened to the public 90 years later.  

The other thing you have to know is that single males or females cannot enter. Suleymaniye Hammam is only unisex Turkish bath of the Istanbul. So you must go with your partner in these Turkish Bath.

Visiting Hours

Open every from 10:00 am — 20:00 pm

Website

https://www.suleymaniyehamami.com.tr/

Contact Details

Tel: +90 (212) 519 55 69/ +90 (212) 520 34 10

Fax: +90 (212) 519 55 70

Email: info@suleymaniyehamami.com.tr

2. Cemberlitas Hammam

Overview

After designing the Suleymaniye Hammam in 1557 and the Kilic Ali Pasa Hammam in 1583, Mimar Sinan — a celebrated Turkish architect — was again tasked to design another bathhouse in 1584 by Nurbanu Sultan, the wife of Selim II. This time, the hammam was built in the Cemberlitas neighborhood, and as such, it was named after that Istanbul neighborhood. The Cemberlitas Hammam was built as a fundraising project that would generate revenue to support the Valide-i Atik Charity Complex in Toptasi, Uskudar. Having 38 washing stalls, three tiers of dressing rooms, the bathhouse is divided into two sections; male and female.

Visiting Hours

Open every day from 06:00 am — 00:00 am

Website

https://www.cemberlitashamami.com/

Contact Details

Tel: +90 212 522 79 74

Fax: +90 212 511 25 35

3. Kilic Ali Pasa Hammam

Overview

The Kılıç Ali Paşa Hammam is regarded as one of Mimar Sinan’s — great Turkish Architect — magnificent designs. What makes this magnificent building even more amazing is that it was designed by a man who was at his 90s. Built between 1578-1583 under the commission of Ottoman Admiral Kılıç Ali Paşa, the hammam’s main purpose was to serve marine forces in the Ottoman navy. It is part of the Mosque Complex which is in Istanbul’s harbor district Tophane. One of the striking features of this bathhouse is its splendid 17-meter-tall dome which has a diameter of 14 meters. Having been abandoned for a couple of years, it was intensively renovated from 2005 to 2012.

Visiting Hours

Open every day from 08:00 am — 23:30 pm

Website

http://kilicalipasahamami.com/

Contact Details

Tel: +90 (212) 393 80 10

Email: info@kilicalipasahamami.com

4. Cagaloglu Hammam

The Cagaloglu Hammam was established in 1584 by architect Mimar Sinan. Cagaloglu is the last big Turkish Bath built in the Ottoman era. There was put in the New York Times list of 1000 must- see places before you die. There is Cagaloglu bath is very popular in Hollywood and Cameron Diaz, Kate Moss and Harrison Ford were the guests of Cagaologlu Bath.

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Visiting Hours

Open every week day from 09:00 am — 22:00 pm

Open every weekend from 09:00 am — 23:00 pm

Website

https://www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr/

Contact Details

Tel: +90 (212) 522 24 24

Email: info@cagalogluhamami.com.tr

By the way! If you want to learn benefits of Turkish Bath; What are the benefits of Turkish Bath?