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
• The men’s section of the Galatasaray Hamami is open from 07 am to 10 pm every day, and the women’s section is open from 08 am to 9 pm every day.
• 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.
Galatasaray Turkish Bath – Hamam, in Beyoğlu is located next to Galatasaray High School and Galatasaray Mosque . It was originally built as a part of külliye during the reign of Beyazıt II, in 1481. It was opened to the public in 1715. With its classic Turkish design, the hamam has facilities for both men and women.
It underwent repairs and restorations in 1965 but the interior continues to be of historical interest despite large changes made to the original structure.
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 celsius 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 this, 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 Tarihi Galatasaray Hamamı
The Galatasaray Hamami in Beyoğlu is located next to Galatasaray High School and Galatasaray Mosque. It was originally built as a part of külliye during the reign of Beyazıt II, in 1481. It was opened to the public in 1715. With its classic Turkish design, the hamam has facilities for both men and women.
The hammam’s history goes back to 1481 when Beyazıd II built a preparatory school for bright Balkan children destined for the ultimate hothouse of Ottoman education, the Topkapı Palace school. Both the palace school and the baths serving them were later abandoned, but a new hammam – the present one– was built on the foundations of the old in 1715, when Ahmet III revived the school in what was still virtually countryside.
The association of the school with the baths continued when the school reopened its doors as the Galatasaray Lycée in the mid-19th century and became Turkey’s school for diplomats. It was still a regular haunt of Turkish diplomats well into the 1960’s. In 1965 the hammam was overhauled at great expense, and women’s baths were added.
Address: Turnacıbaşı Sok. No:24 Galatasaray Hamami, Galatasaray, Beyoğlu-Istanbul