Interested in Istanbul?
We'll send you updates with the latest deals, reviews and articles for Istanbul each week.
Turkish baths (hamams) are a great escape for all seasons - in winter when it's freezing outside and the promise of a nice warm shower/bath is just too good to pass up, in the spring, just as everything is blossoming, one feels the desire to get cleansed of winter blues, summer is the time to enjoy the luxury of an invigorating bath, while in the autumn, one tends to be more reflective as mother nature is winding down to prepare for the winter. In any season, one can enjoy a bath that gives one a sense of relaxation in a historical place of beauty and art to ponder about life, or just let the cares f the world soak away.
Turkish baths are composed of three main parts: the fitting location, coldness, warmth. The dressing area, listed on the front door after the high court by a wide strip of cedar and includes sections. Mostly in the middle of this section in a swimming pool and there is a coffee mne at the corner. With a small door of the dressing place, is inserted into a cold room. Coldness is a moderately heated section.
1-Acemoglu Hamamı: Tel: 0 212 519 09 09 Web: www.acemogluhamami.com
Acemoğlu Bath (aka Acemi Oglanlar) is one of the best examples of Ottoman architectural structures remaining from The 15th-17th Centuries in historical peninsula. As a part of Janissaries Guild Barracks located in Sehzadebasi area, the bath was built by the order of Fatih Sultan Mehmet; who conquered Constantinople and bringing an end to The Byzantine Empire at the age of 21. Altough the details are unknown, it is estimated that most probably the architecture is Mimar Sinan aka Sinan The Master Builder; who was the Chief Royal Architect of Ottoman Empire.
2-Süleymaniye Hamamı: Tel: 0 212 520 34 10 Web: www.suleymaniyehamami.com.tr
This centrally located bath, not far from the Grand Bazaar, offers bath treatments for couples and famillies. Singles are not permitted.
3-Galatasaray Hamam : Tel: 0 212 252 42 42 Web: www.galatasarayhamami.com
4-Cağaloğlu Hamamı: Tel: 0 212 522 24 24 Web: www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr
5-Aziziye Hamami: Built in 1860 for Sultan Abdulaziz, and still serves as a traditional double bath at Kadikoy, Istanbul. Website: www.aziziyehamam.com
6-Çemberlitaş Hamamı: Tel: 0 212 520 18 50 Web: www.cemberlitashamami.com.tr
7-Üsküdar Çinili Hamam: Address: Murat Reis Mahallesi, Çavuşdere Street, Üsküdar, you can take a taxi from Üsküdar and it would cost about 10 TL.
8-Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı: Address: Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Bab-ı Hümayun Cad., No: 1 Sultanahmet - Istanbul Tel: 0 212 517 35 35 Web: www.ayasofyahurremsultanhamami.com
9-Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı:
Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam; The elegant authentic surroundings of this Turkish bath, magnificent creation of Mimar Sinan, transcends the timeless barriers between old and new… Giving you an escape from the hustle and bustle of beautiful Istanbul City. Mimar Sinan the legendary Architect of that period was commissioned by “Kilic Ali Pasa” to build the Hamam to withstand the ravages of the sea and time. The large light, Magnificent Dome above the Camegah (relaxation area) is 14 meters across and 17 meters high one of the largest single domes built by Sinan. The features of the Kulhan Chimney/exhaust, the leaded domes and the glass elephant eyes along with brick by brick reappointing, original Kurnas and some carved stone and marble slabs found during excavation have been retained and used within the premises adding to its extreme historical beauty and interest. The Hamam Ritual is an ancient one, the materials used have not significantly changed and used to restore energy and vitality to the body by reducing the toxins, and allowing the skin to breathe again.
10- Aga Hamami
Tel: +90 (212) 249 50 27 Web: www.agahamami.com
Historical Aga hamam was constructed by Fatih Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror (the 7th Ottoman Padishah). It was used as a private hamam by Mehmed the Conqueror and his sons. At that time, Beyoglu District was not a settlement area and the Padishahs would come to Beyoglu District for hunting. Mehmed the Conqueror constructed this building as a hunting house in 1454. It was designed as a hamam below the two flats above. It underwent a large-scale renovation in 1844 by Abdulmecid (the 31st Ottoman Padishah). It was used by the Padishahs and their sons until the final years of the Ottoman Empire
Reviews you can trust