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Traditional Turkish Bath

The hammam, also known as the Turkish hamam or Turkish bath, is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as sauna. Although the first hammams originated in Arabia, and bath culture was a central part of Roman life, Turkey popularized the tradition by making hammams available to people of all statuses.

The hammam ritual is quite simple, it doesn’t have complicated steps. The main purpose is relaxing rather than cleaning.

Here are the steps ;

  1. Relax and Prepare

When you enter the hammam building, there are areas for changing dress and a common place to have a drink before or after the bath.

  1. Adjust to the Warmth

Before you go to the bathing area, the tellak (staff member) will bring you to a transition area, the intermediate room, where you receive your towels and adjust to the heat.

  1. Full Body Scrub and Soaking

From there you enter the main area or hot room, which houses the large marble belly or navel stone. Visitorslay down on the hot marbles or wash near the fountains

  1. Rinse and Massage

If you want to feel more relaxing, you may ask for massage and the tellak gives you the best message ever with large bubbles of foam. That’s the best part of hammams

There are many historical hamams in Istanbul and in Turkey All have different styles and designs and stories. Here is some list that includes a variety of hamams. Some of these are fancy, and some are almost ruined, but have a character. Above all, they all resemble the history of Turkish bathing.

Cemberlitas Hamam, Cemberlitas

It is one of the oldest İstanbul hamams The bath section was built by the famous Ottoman architect Architecture Sinan, in 1584. The architecture of Cemberlitas bath attracts not only travelers and locals, but many Turkish & foreign researchers, universities, photographers, filmmakers, media professionals and students also study on this magnificent structure

Cagaloğlu Hamam, Cagaloğlu

Cagaloglu hamam is located on the Old Istanbuıl close to the Grand Bazaar. It is listed in as a must-have experience in Istanbul. The beautifully detailed building with high domed ceilings, internal marble fountains, interior garden, and two levels of individual changing chambers are still part of a great architectural delight.

Galatasaray Hamam, Beyoglu

Galatasaray Hamam is one of the famous Turkish baths that has been consistently serving domestic and foreign visitors.


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