The Turkish Bath, or a Hamam, is a building that is heated by a special hot water circulation system and used for bathing purposes. History of the baths dates back to ancient Romans and has been preferred by people for centuries. Turkish bath strengthens the immune system and is good for various joint pains, as well as it is relaxing and calming. It provides you to get rid of all toxins stuck to your skin and hair with the effect of hot environment provided by hot water and steam.
During the Ottoman Empire, Turkish baths were places that were a part of daily life and therefore many Turkish baths were built in the Ottoman capital, Istanbul. Most of these baths are still in service today without the slightest lack of Turkish bath culture which they bring from their history.
Most of the historical baths in Istanbul have a magnificent architecture and atmosphere. Here we have listed the most famous historical Turkish baths you should see in Istanbul:
The Beylerbeyi bath, built by Rabia Sultan in the 18th century to the famous architecture of the period, Mehmet Tahir Ağa, is the most famous bath of the Asian side of Istanbul. It has survived to the present day with its two-domed architecture without undergoing much restoration. It is said that some of the best bath attendants (people massaging with foam and rubs with a coarse bath glove) in Istanbul is in this Turkish bath.
Built by Mimar Sinan, the most famous architect of Ottoman history in 1584, Çemberlitaş Bath is close to the historical covered bazaar on the historical peninsula of Istanbul. Various cultural Turkish baths activities are still held in this 435-years-old Turkish bath, which has two different areas for men and women. The architecture of the bath is worth a visit.
Tarihi Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı
This bath, which is another work of Mimar Sinan, was built in the 1580s for sea merchants and sailors. Nowadays, the bath has been restored in accordance with its architectural texture and has a beautiful atmosphere where you can see the brightest periods of Ottoman history.
Süleymaniye Bath is one of the most famous baths in Istanbul. Built by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557, the bath is a unisex bath that can be used by men and women today. For this reason, it is preferred by tourists and is a place where you can find many fine details about the Ottoman Turkish bath culture.
Tarihi Galatasaray Hamamı
The bath built by Sultan Beyazit II in 1481 may be the most famous bath in Istanbul. One reason for this is that it is close to Istiklal Street. It is said that the bath was built thanks to the poet named Gül Baba. The hammam, which has been used by the students of Galatasaray High School throughout the history, is open to the public. Many cultural activities are organized inside and the famous Ottoman sherbets are served.
Built in 1741, Cağaloğlu Hamam, where you can see the Ottoman architecture and baroque style together. Located between Sultanahmet and Cağaloğlu regions, the bath has two separate areas for men and women. The bath, which attracts attention with its architecture, is listed in the famous book “1001 Places to Visit Before You Die”.
Tiled Bath built in 1648 by Kösem Sultan, one of the famous sultans of Ottoman history, is located in Üsküdar. The bathhouse in the Çinili Mosque complex, named after it, was restored at the beginning of the 2000s and regained its former glory.
Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı
The 450-year-old bath built by Suleiman the Magnificent in the name of Hürrem Sultan is located between the Süleymaniye Mosque and the Hagia Sophia Museum. The atmosphere that it creates with its interior design will fascinate those who see it.
It was built shortly after the conquest of Constantinople and was used by the sultans from the day it was built until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Today Ağa Hamam, which is preferred by tourists, also serves various Ottoman sherbets and Turkish delight.
One of the oldest baths in Istanbul, the Great Bath was built by Mimar Sinan in 1533. The bath in Kasimpasa was built to provide economic return to the region in time. Büyük Hamam is used frequently by the locals today, and the authentic atmosphere of the Ottoman bath culture still lives in its original form.