Baths in Istanbul

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  • Ataturk International Airport
  • Galata Kulesi (Tower)
  • Sultanahmet Mosque
  • Taksim
  • Topkapi (palace)
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  • Adalar
  • Bebek
  • Eminönü
  • Levent
  • The bath concept and the spas of Istanbul are not totally diverse. Luxury spas, such as Gaia Spa of Grand Hyatt Hotel or Sanda Spa of Hillside club, are of course, naturally much more inclusive with not just a menu of treatments and massages, but also a sauna and a steamroom. The way in which spas may resemble baths are when they also offer Turkish Hammam and scrub as part of their treatments. On the other hand, baths only offer these treatments with a ritual and in a historically significant atmosphere.

    As such baths of Istanbul are more than just places to get clean. Baths such as Cemberlitas, Hurrem Sultan and Galatasaray all have historical significance. They have a story upon which they have been built. Sometimes their construction has a story of its own.

    History aside, there are also rituals of bathing in a bath. One can enter and bathe themselves, or they can purchase an elaborate bathing package, in which they are shown from one quarter (room) to the other, getting a special scrub or massage in each.

    An even more secretive and interesting part of Turkish baths is the Bachelorette parties before a wedding. The bride and her female friends and family gather at a Turkish bath and they eat, dance and bathe together.

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    Cemberlitas Hamami

    Vezirhan Caddesi 8

    Historical hamam, legendary interiors, not a lux. hotel spa... read more

    Galatasaray Hamam

    Junction of Turnacıbaşı and Capanoglu Streets No:24 Galatasaray

    Expensive yet historical Turkish bath –large & clean rooms... read more

    Cagaloglu Hamam

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    Prof Kazim Ismail Gürkan Caddesi 34

    Most famous hammam in the city... read more

    Haseki Hurrem Sultan Hamami

    Cankurtaran Mh.

    Historical hammam (of Hurrem Sultan)... read more

    Gedikpasa Hamam

    Caddesi Neviye 21

    One of Istanbul's oldest hamams... read more

    Kösk Hamam

    Alay Köskü Caddesi 17

    After hours steam bath... read more

    Suleymaniye Bath

    Mimar Sinan Street No: 20

    A historical hamam... read more

    Cinili Hamam

    Cinili Camii, Uskudar

    Kosem Sultan's Hamam on the Asian side... read more

    Elibol Tarihi Yesildirek Hamami

    Tershane Caddesi Yolcuzade Sokak N:74 Azapkapi, Beyoglu

    Relatively small hamam in Beyoglu... read more

    Besiktas Hamami

    Sinanpasa Mh.

    Small local hamam; not touristic... read more
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