Know before you go to the Bath
• There are some strict hamam rules to be followed. For example, there is no mixing of the sexes. Either the Turkish bath has 2 sections (1 for each sex), or it admits men and women at different times of the day
• Men usually completely strip and wear nothing underneath the bath wrap. Women, on the other hand, typically keep their underwear on (but often not their bra) underneath the bath wrap. The choice is yours
• Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami is open everyday from 8 am to 10 pm
• The masseur and scrubber will be the same sex as you are
• Standard soap is used. If you have sensitive skin or are allergic to some products, bring your own soap
• Advance booking is always advisable
• The tip is normally 10-20 per cent of the total amount
The Turkish bath is a long revered custom, centuries old; perfect for those looking for a truly physical and spiritual cleansing experience.
The Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, built by Sinan the Architect in 1556 in the name of Hürrem Sultan, who was the wife of Süleyman the Magnificent, the hamam is an exceptional piece of architecture with two domes and the sections for men and women on the same 75-metre long axis.
Prepare to leave the chaos and humdrum of life behind as soon as you enter the Turkish bath. Immerse yourself and embrace traditional custom by wearing the waist-cloth and clogs provided.
Not quite for the faint hearted, inside the temperature can reach up to 50 degrees celcius under the central dome of the building.
The combined intense heat and humidity encourages the pores to open and impurities to be extracted from the body.
Following which, your skin will be gently exfoliated with a Turkish scrub and you will receive a soothing soap massage.
Finally, after resting, you can enjoy Turkish tea before being taken back to your hotel feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed.
About Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı
This meticulously restored twin hamam dating to 1556 offers the most luxurious traditional bath experience in the Old City. Designed by Mimar Sinan, it was built just across the road from Aya Sofya by order of Süleyman the Magnificent and named in honour of his wife Hürrem Sultan, commonly known as Roxelana. The Haseki Hurrem Sultan Hamam is located in Sultanahmet Square between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
The building’s three-year, US$13 million restoration, completed in 2011, was closely monitored by heritage authorities and the end result is wonderful: it retains Sinan’s austere design but endows it with an understated modern luxury. There are separate baths for males and females, both with a handsome soğukluk (entrance vestibule) surrounded by wooden change cubicles.
The baths have separate sections for men and women, and was constructed on the same axis, as mirror images of each other. The cold room dome is an impressive 26 meters high.
Treatments are expert and the surrounds are exceptionally clean. 45-minute bath treatment costs €80 and includes a scrub and soap massage, olive-oil soap and a personal kese (coarse cloth mitten used for exfoliation).
This is one of the fanciest hammams of Istanbul. Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam makes you feel special. You can enjoy the luxury in Hurrem’s Hammam with gold platted bowls and treat yourself with silk pestemals.
In warm weather, a cafe and restaurant operate on the outdoor terrace.
Address: Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hammam, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Ayasofya Meydani No:2 Fatih, Istanbul