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Istanbul’s historical hamams

Visit the great historical hamams and enjoy the traditional Turkish cleansing ritual that will leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed.

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The tradition of purification through cleansing is a therapeutic ritual that extends back to Ancient Rome and is an essential part of Turkish culture. Indulge yourself and experience bodily and spiritual purification at one of the many famous hamams of Istanbul.

Cağaloğlu Hamam



Built on the orders of Sultan Mahmud I in 1741 to the design of the architect Süleyman Ağa, it was the last of the large Ottoman hamams to be built. The Sultan built this hamam to raise proceeds to cover the proceeds of the library in the Haghia Sophia. The layout of the hamam belongs to the architect Süleyman Ağa but was completed by the architect Abdullah Ağa. The Baroque style of the building sets it apart from the other Ottoman hamams found in the city with its three floors, central marble fountain, overhanging walkways and large dome that will surely leave you impressed. Another incredible feature is the hamam water, which is heated with olive beans from Ayvalık. Cağaoğlu Hamam has made it on the New York Times list of “Top 1000 Places to See Before You Die.” Devote a day of you trip to a unique, unforgettable experience, and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of Cağaoğlu Hamam. A Turkish bath is a truly rejuvenating experience, and it's well worth setting aside several hours to get the most out of your visit to Cağaloğlu Hamam. It's always busy, so be sure to make a reservation before you visit.

Çemberlitaş Hamam



The fame of Çemberlitaş Hamam extends beyond Turkey, and it is one of renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan's most impressive works. In this hamam that’s construction to around 600 years to complete, you can explore the wonderful subtleties of Ottoman hamam culture. It was built on the orders of Nurbanu Sultan, the mother of Sultan Murat III, and is as understated and elegant as all the other buildings built during the twilight of Sinan's tenure. The size of the hamam’s central stone, its 38 basins, cross-scored columns, impressive domes and their decorative holes which allow sunlight to flood in are all details which add to Çemberlitaş Hamam's elegant aesthetic. Famous visitors have only increased the profile of this historical Turkish bath, and it's been the set of several films too, including Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner, Taken 2 starring Liam Neeson, and The Accidental Spy starring Jackie Chang. Hollywood aside, let the Çemberlitaş Hamam reinvigorate your body and mind with its superb hamam experience.

Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı



A symbol of Tophane, Kılıç Ali Paşa hamam, is another beautiful creation of the great Mimar Sinan. This hamam was built in honor of the mighty commander of the Ottoman navy, Kılıç Ali Paşa, during the 16th century. Kılıç Ali Paşa hamam houses the second biggest dome in Istanbul; Light floods the hamam through the vaulted domes supported by beautiful pillars. Partake in the traditional Ottoman cleansing ritual, then rest in the relaxation room and sip on some homemade sherbet. Before you embark on your hamam experience, you can purchase any products you require in the hamam shop. After a seven-year restoration period, Kılıç Ali Paşa hamam is open to visitors. Step back in history at the Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam and immerse yourself in an experience that will leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed.

Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam



Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam was built by Mimar Sinan in 1556-1557 at the request of Hürrem Sultan, the wife of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman. It is located near the the Haghia Sophia museum and Sultan Ahmet mosque. Once an oil and paper depo, as well as a place to house convicts, the hamam was abandoned for many years. Restoration began in 1957-1958 and the hamam functioned as a carpet bazaar until 2008. The new unprecedented feature of Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam was that women and men could bathe together. Another unique feature, designed by Mimar Sinan, is the layout, as the hamam is split in to three sections: cold, warm and hot. The cold section consists of VIP Rooms, private rooms, dressing rooms, massage rooms, relaxation rooms, and a boutique shop that sells unique goods. You can find the signature marble slab beneath a vaulted dome in the hot section. After building up a nice sweat in the warm and hot sections, enjoy a nice scrub. For those wanting to grab a bite after, this hamam also has a restaurant.

Galatasaray Hamam



One of Istanbul’s most famous double baths, Galatasaray Hamam was commissioned by Sultan II. Bayezid in 1481, as part of a school complex. In 1715, a new hamam was added to the original. Once a hamam that only served men, Galatasaray hamam opened its doors to female visitors in 1965. This hamam has been visited by the likes of celebrities John Travolta and Tony Curtis.

Ağa Hamam



Built in 1451 by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, Ağa Hamam was originally built as a house, the top two floors were apartments, with a hamam on the ground floor. After the founding of the Republic it was fully transformed into a hamam and opened its doors to the public. Ağa Hamam is located in one of Istanbul’s prettiest neighborhoods, Çukurcuma, and has great peeling, soap ath and massage packages on offer.

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