History of Turkish baths
When we talk about wellness in Turkey, apart from so many spas that exist, we must also try the famous Hamam. The history of the Turkish Bath reveals all the influence of the Roman and Byzantine periods, and is a symbol of the encounter between Western and Eastern culture.
Its social function emerged in the Ottoman period. The main reason for its important role in Ottoman culture is due to the essential importance of cleanliness in the Islamic religion.
The traditional Turkish bath always has two separate structures for men and women, which begin the path wrapped in the pestemal - the cloth that is provided at the entrance. After having changed and placed the pestemal, first pass through the tepidarium and then the calidarium, where in the center is the "göbek tasi" (umbilical stone in Turkish), a large marble platform heated from below. He lies on this platform after washing himself and he starts to sweat from the steam, after which you will receive a massage from the same sex staff. The massage is done on the whole body with the "Kese", the glove that makes your skin extraordinarily soft by removing the dead layer. And after the massage, you go from the tepidarium to a room where you sit and relax a little.
One of the most famous and traditional Hamams in Istanbul in Istanbul is the Çemberlitas, which is located near the Grand Bazaar, right next to the Column of Constantine called in Turkish as "Çemberlitas", or "Circle Columned". Çemberlitas hammam was a work of the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The part originally reserved for women has disappeared today due to the widening of the road, but the hammam always proposes two separate parts for the two sexes.
Turkish Bath - Hammam Still in the Sultanahmet district, the Roxelana Hammam (Hürrem sultan) bears the name of the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent. Magical experience, definitely a must if planning on going to Istanbul. You feel like a Sultan or a Sultana for the duration of the amazing experience, from the Hamam, the Bubble bath, sherbet & Turkish delight to the relaxing massage
Cagaloglu's hamam is another traditional bath from the Ottoman period, built by Sultan Mahmut I in 1741. It originally generated collections reinvested in the maintenance of the library of Mahmut I, in Santa Sofia. The rooms reserved for men and women form two perpendicular wings, with separate entrances that lead onto two different roads.
The Hamam (or Hammam) in Turkey is not only seen as a place where it washes and cleans itself, but it is also conceived as a pleasant meeting place where people socialize and chat with friends. Unfortunately, this old tradition is falling today due to the tight times we have during the days of work and stress in our modern world. A visit to Turkey can also become an opportunity to try a "real" Turkish bath.