Today, women’s baths are still widespread. In addition to physical cleaning, domestic and foreign tourists visit Istanbul Baths to experience the traditional Turkish Bath culture.
The bath culture has survived from the Romans to the Ottoman times. Many Byzantine Bath remains are found in Anatolia and Istanbul. However, the number of baths built by the Palace members during the Ottoman Period and still being used today is not small.
Although the baths were built to be washed and cleaned, they were actually the center of socialization and beauty. In the Ottoman period, wealthy women and even sultans who had a bath in their home made it a custom to go to city baths. The reason for this is socialization beyond cleaning.
FAMOUS ISTANBUL BATHS
Hurrem Sultan Bath
In 1557, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman built it on behalf of his wife Hurrem Sultan. Mimar Sinan built the bath in Sultanahmet Square. The architecture and interior design of the 450-year-old bath are quite impressive. The female and male sections of the 2 domed bathhouse are symmetrically designed to each other. The navel stone is 42 degrees and the halvets are 48 degrees. Humidity rate is 100%.
Today, the Hurrem Sultan Bath, which is flooded by local and foreign tourists, offers four bath packages and three different massage options to customers. These are Zevk-i Sefa, Keyf-i Hamam, Pir-i Pak and Ab-i Hayat packages. The bath, where you will feel clean, peace and comfort, continues the Ottoman traditions and offers Ottoman sherbet, Turkish delight, tea, coffee, apricot, and walnut during rest. In fact, gold-plated hammam, clean ready-to-use loincloths and custom-made olive oil soaps are provided for guests.
Hurrem Sultan Hamam serves between 08.00 AM and 22.00 PM every day. It guarantees both body cleansing and the peace of purification in a fascinating atmosphere.
Cemberlitas Bath is next to the Cemberlitas monument on Divanyolu in Cemberlitas. It was built by Nûrbânû Sultan. Although it is not mentioned in the records, it is thought to have been built by Mimar Sinan. It was planned as a double bath next to each other and the men’s and women’s section was separated in this way. The inside of the bath, which looks square on the outside, is divided into twelve columns and a polygon is designed.
Cemberlitas Bath, one of the oldest and most spectacular baths, continues to serve today. It is open every day between 7.30 and 24.00. In addition to the traditional Turkish bath, it is provided in services such as clay mask, reflexology, aromatherapy massage. In addition, the Bridal Bath service, which is one of the indispensable traditions of Turkish culture, is also provided.
It is a different pleasure to enjoy tea and coffee on the terrace after or before the hammam. Cemberlitas Hammam has intense interest in domestic and foreign tourists as well as female and male regulars.
The Galata Bath was built by Sultan Beyazit II in 1841. It is also called as Galatasaray Bath. It attracts the attention of local and foreign tourists with its architecture and location. Turnacibasi Street, where Istiklal Avenue meets Cukurcuma.
Many sultans, grand viziers, pashas and women of the Ottoman period used to go to the Galata Bath to bathe. Today, it is also possible to close baths for tourist groups, bridal bath groups. The traditional Turkish bath atmosphere, accompanied by a fasil or an oriental, provides its customers with an atmosphere.
For those who come to the daily bath voyage, they are provided with peeling, massage, aromatherapy, foam bath service.
It is open to service between 07.00 AM- 22.00 PM every day of the week.
Cagaloglu Turkish Bath
It is the biggest double bath in Istanbul baths. It was built in baroque style during the reign of Sultan Mahmut I. It was designed by Architect Suleyman Aga in 1740 and started to be built. However, it was completed by Architect Abdullah Aga. It is one of our Turkish baths, which is still open to use today and that makes the bath culture the best.
It has different features from classical Ottoman architecture. It is seated on the arches connecting the dressing with a large dome, a small dome and seven vaults of coldness and eight marble columns and is covered with a large dome. It has a huge and impressive atmosphere. It is the last bath built in the Ottoman period.
Today, it is one of the baths preferred by local and foreign tourists with its history, cleanliness and service quality. So much so that it was included in the ‘1000 Places to See Before You Die’ by the New York Times.
There is a cafe bar, restaurant, shoe shine and barber in the historical Cagaloglu Bath. It is open to service between 09.00 AM- 17.00 PM.
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