Cağaloğlu Hamamı

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Visit an authentic Cagaloglu Hamam in Istanbul’s old city, dating back to Ottoman times. Experience a bathing tradition that is still popular today. Cağaloğlu is the last big hamam built in the Ottoman era and was put in the list of 1000 must- see places before you die by New York Times! The Hamam, has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1741. Unlike other major hamams in the city, it is in its original state, having never been restored. The result is an historic ambiance virtually unchanged from Ottoman times and Cagaloglu offers various traditional treatments; the most indulgent, the Sultan Mahmut I package, features a massage by two attendants. Book a session and enjoy the surprising benefits of the centuries-old bathing rituals of the Ottomans.

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Know before you go to the Cagaloglu Turkish Bath Hamam

• 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
Cagaloglu Hamami is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 10 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 11 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

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The Turkish bath is a long revered custom, centuries old; perfect for those looking for a truly physical and spiritual cleansing experience.

Cağaloğlu is the last big hamam built in the Ottoman era and was put in the list of 1000 must- see places before you die by New York Times!

The Cagaloglu Hamam
, finished in 1741, is the last hamam to be built in the Ottoman Empire. It was constructed in Istanbul Eminönü, in Alemdar, on Hilal-i Ahmer street as a public hamam to raise revenue for the library of Sultan Mahmud I, previously situated inside the Hagia Sophia.

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 waistcloth 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 Cagaloglu Hamam

Turkish baths have been considered an art form for hundreds of years. Step back in time to 1741 for a scrub under the stately domes of Cagaloglu Hamami, a bathhouse popular among locals, tourists and even Hollywood royalty.

Close to the massive dome and four minarets of Hagia Sophia (once the world’s largest Christian church), Cagaloğlu Hamami was the last hammam to be built during the Ottoman Empire, in 1741,by Sultan Mahmud. By far the most spectacular of Istanbul’s hammams, it is absolutely stunning and a must for spa pilgrims, or merely curious tourists.

Tourists in search of an authentic hammam are the main customers here, but they are in good company: Florence Nightingale, Kaiser Wilhelm I and Tony Curtis are all said to have come here.

As Cagaloglu Hamam is near the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, it is a good place to refresh after a day of sightseeing and exploring. In the old days women and men had separate days to visit, but now it offers separate baths for men and women and a range of services. The exfoliating and washing is €50. The Turkish Bath Pack, which include exfoliation, washing and 45-minute massage is €120. Self-service treatment is €30.

Address: Alemdar Mah. Profesör Kazım İsmail Gürkan Cad. No: 34 Cağaloğlu Hamamı 34110 Fatih, İstanbul/Turkey

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Reviews (2)

2 reviews for Cağaloğlu Hamamı

  1. sophiegrundy

    This is the perfect Place for your first Turkish bath experience with a sense of tradition and tranquility. From the minute you walk through the doors you enter the door you leave the stresses of the city behind. The Hammam is beautiful and the staff professional and the experience is well worth the cost. The website made choosing this Turkish bath and booking the right package easy and you can book ahead of your trip. I highly recommend this experience and if you only do it once then do it here.

  2. Joanna

    A Turkish bath experience at Cağaloğlu Hamami is the perfect way to end a trip to Istanbul. Upon entering the historical Cagaloglu Hamami you immediately feel relaxed. The staff were really friendly and attentive. We were welcomed by the manager who explained the Turkish Bath ritual to us which was very useful as it was my friend’s first experience.

    The overall experience took about an hour and we were expertly led through it by the kind attendants. It started with us sitting in a hot room which was a great way for your body to unwind and prepare for the actual treatments. I was then led to the main room where you lay on the raised marble for the treatment. The exfoliation was surprising as it’s amazing how much dead skin comes off and I particularly enjoyed the soap massage. I was then led to the washing station where I had my hair washed with a short head massage. I have never felt so clean and relaxed! Next time I will book a longer massage!

    After the treatment my friends and I sat and enjoyed a Turkish sherbet drink, a traditional fizzy drink and some Turkish delight. We weren’t rushed to get changed but rather left to relax and chat about our experience which was a great way to finish the ritual.

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Pregnant women are not advised to participate in this hamam experience