Hamam in Istanbul

Hamam or Turkish bath, is a method of cleansing and relaxation!

The procedure starts with a period of relaxation at the warm room that is heated by continuous flow of hot and dry air. After a while you will be moved to another hotter room, before they wash you in cold water. You will enjoy a full body wash and massage!

Hamam in Istanbul usually contains separates quarters for men and women or it admits them at separate time of the day. In the old times, Hamams used to be places of entertainment and ceremonies such as weddings, high holidays, celebrating new borns and for beauty tips…

Although there are dozens hamams in Istanbul, we made a list for you, which includes the most famous ones! It is always the right time to give yourself a treat and feel this unique experience…

 

 

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Çemberlitaş Hamam, Çemberlitaş

This is one the oldest and most famous hamams in the city, designed by Sinan, the most important architect in Turkish history, in 1584! The architecture of Çemberlitaş bath attracts not only travelers but also many locals. The hamam is located in the old town, close to the Grand Bazaar and to the Çemberlitaş tram station. Besides the traditional scrub and massage, also offers other kinds of massages such as aromatherapy, oil massage, head massage etc…

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Cağaloğlu Hamam, Cağaloğlu

This Hamam is located close to Grand Bazaar. It was built in 1741 by two different Ottoman era architects.It is a beautifully detailed building with high domed ceilings, internal marble fountains, interior garden, and two levels of individual changing chambers

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Hürrem Sultan, Sultanahmet

This is another hamam with 500 years of history. It was renewed in the last years and, having had a 17 million liras investment! Today it is one of the most luxurious options when choosing a hamam. It was built where the ancient public baths of Zeuxippus (100-200 AD) used to stand, in the middle of Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia! This is also one of the fanciest hamams in Istanbul…

 

 

 

We also recommend: Süleymaniye Hamami, Gedikpaşa Hamami, Kiliç Ali Paşa Hamam

Of course there are plenty more hamams all over Istanbul! The only sure thing is, whichever you decide to visit, you will enjoy an unforgettable experience…

 

Some tips before you enjoy the Turkish bath: 

  • Hamams open from 8:00 in the morning till at least 20:00
  • The masseur and scrubber will be of the same sex with yours
  • Standard soap is used. If you have sensitive skin or you are allergic to some products, bring your own soap
  • You need to wash your private parts yourself
  • Women should take off their make up before the bath

 

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