Know before you go to the Cemberlitas 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
• Cemberlitas Hamami is open every day from 6 am to midnight.
• 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
• The price includes towels, slippers, a locker with key, soap and shampoo.
• Advance booking is always advisable
• The tip is normally 10-20 per cent of the total amount
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Once your online booking has been confirmed an order confirmation will be sent to the email address you specified. This will contain a link to allow you to download your e-tickets.
Your ticket(s) is/are valid only for the number of person(s), the date and the entry time slot stated on its/their face(s).
Easy cancellation. Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Pregnant women are not advised to participate in this hamam experience
Visit Cemberlitas Turkish Bath in Istanbul and experience a relaxing, refreshing and invigorating Turkish custom that’ll leave you feeling thoroughly pampered!
The Turkish bath is a long-revered custom, centuries-old; perfect for those looking for a truly physical and spiritual cleansing experience.
The Cemberlitas Hamami, is located on Çemberlitas Square on Divanyolu Street situated in the midst of some of Istanbul’s greatest monuments. The bath was established by Nurbanu Sultan, wife of Selim II and mother of Murat III, for the purpose of bringing in revenue to support the Valide-i Atik Charity Complex in Toptasi, Üsküdar. The bath is one of the structures built by the architect Sinan, in 1584.
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 encourage 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 Çemberlitaş Hamamı
Perhaps the most famous, and certainly one of the longest established, of Istanbul’s grand Ottoman hamams is Çemberlitaş, located just off the Divan Yolu not far from the Grand Bazaar. It has a great location, 10 minutes walk from Sultanahmet.
Çemberlitaş Hamam, built-in 1584, is commonly hailed as one of the most beautiful. Designed by Sinan, it was commissioned by Selim II’s wife Nurbanu Sultan, as a way of providing financial support for the Atik Valide Sultan Mosque in Uskudar, of which she was the sponsor. Today, Çemberlitaş is still used by Turks, but is the most popular tourist and photographers – it’s a regular location for film and fashion shoots.
The dressing room areas are roofed with large domes and the baths have 38 washing basins. The large dome covering the hot section (Harare) is supported by high arches on top of columns with baklava-shaped heads. Marble slab walls topped by tulip shapes separate the cubicles from the main area. These dividers have inscriptions carved into each side. This building dates to Sinan’s last period, known to be his most skilful. For this reason, the baths attract Turkish and foreign researchers alike, as well as thousands of bathers.
At the ticket office, you are given a pestemal (a sarong-like garment, for modesty), a kese (a coarse mitt for scrubbing the body down) and tokens to give to the attendants. Men and women are then sent off to separate sections.
Originally the hamam consisted of two identical suites of rooms, each with a separate entrance. The men’s section of the baths is still exactly as envisaged by its creator, Sinan.
The women’s changing area was lost in 1868 when Divanyolu Caddesi was widened, so women now change in a corridor: but their hot room is unaltered.
Dressing Room (Camekan)
Here, an attendant will assign you a locker and give you a pair of slippers. Most people go nude under the pestemal, but wear a swimsuit if you wish to.
Hot Room (Sıcaklık)
The hot room has a domed ceiling supported by 12 arches that rise from marble columns. The dome is pitted with glass “elephant eyes”, which channel the light through the steam polka-dot the floor.
Private Cubicles (Halvet)
Around the walls are a number of private cubicles with taps running cold, warm and hot water, which you can use to wash or cool down if the heat gets too much for you.
Navel Stone (Göbek taşı)
In the centre of the hot room is a large slab of marble. Lie down and wait for the attendant. You will be covered in soap suds, and scrubbed all over with the kese. Then you will be lathered again, washed with a cloth, and soap-massaged. Finally, your hair will be washed, and you will be vigorously rinsed with buckets of water.
Cool Room (Soğukluk)
The cool room is the place to sit and chat. The men’s is as elegant as it was in Sinan’s day; the women’s is more modern. Afterwards, head back to change, or go for your oil massage.
Oil Massage Room
You will be one of several people being massaged on a row of beds under bright lights. It’s worth any discomfort you may experience – you’ll feel great after.
Take as much time as you like to return to the steam room or sit in the cool room. If you want the full works, the attendants will be happy to give you a manicure, pedicure or facial.
Tip1: If you are planning to stay in the hamam for any length of time, take a small bottle of water in with you.
Tip2: The baths are sited halfway between the Grand Bazaar and Sultanahmet Square, and are an easy walk from either. The surrounding area is bursting with cafes, tea shops and restaurants – take your pick.
Open from 06:00 to 24:00, visit the Hamam whenever it is most convenient for you.
Address: Vezirhan Cad. No: 8, Çemberlitaş Hamamı, 34440 Çemberlitaş, İstanbul