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
• Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami is open everyday from 8 am to 11:30 pm and welcoming ladies and gentlemen in separate hours.
Women-only hours 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Last reservation 2:15 pm
Men-only hours 4:30 pm – 11:30 pm – Last reservation 10:00 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.
A beautiful work of the famous Ottoman architect Sinan, Kilic Ali Pasa Turkish Bath complex was built together with the beautiful mosque right next to it in the 16th century.
The person who commissioned the mosque and bath complex was the famous Ottoman Admiral Kılıç Ali Paşa. The hamam (Turkish bath) was constructed between 1578-1583 to serve the marine forces in the Ottoman navy.
Having been renovated and now run by a private holder, the hamam is one of the best in the city. Luxurious, yet reasonably priced hamam is where you can get a five star treatment in a historical setting.
The hamam ritual usually takes about 90 minutes.
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 Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami
Chief Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan was comissioned by the famous Ottoman Grand Admiral Kılıç Ali Paşa to construct the Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam from 1578-1583 as part of the mosque and school complex to serve the levends (marine forces in the Ottoman navy). The mosque complex includes the mosque itself, madrasa (religious high school), tomb, fountain, and hamam.
Famous for its architectural lines and majestic dome, the hamam is one of the symbolic buildings in Tophane, Istanbul’s harbor district.
Kılıç Ali Pasha (Kaptan-ı Derya) considered to be one of the most successful and powerful commanders of the Ottoman navy, is of Italian origin and his real name is Giovanni Dionigi Galeni. During his youth, he was taken prisoner in the Ottoman navy, took part in important battles, became a Muslim and used the name of Uluç Ali. Soon he became famous with talent and has achieved many successes. Uluç Ali is known as one of the brave captain of the Ottoman navy.
Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam has a magnificent dome. The dome of the hamam is seventeen meters height and fourteen meters in diameter, which makes it one of the largest domes that Mimar Sinan built.
Abandoned for centuries, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam undergone extensive restoration starting in the 2000s and took seven years. The Hamam reopened to the public after seven years of meticulous and intensive restoration in 2012. As the physical manifestation of a unique period in the historical harbor of the Ottoman imperial city, the Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam has become part of public space again in the Tophane area after its restoration and re-opening as a public bathhouse.
Today, the hamam functions and is the height of luxury, offering a chance to get scrubbed in true, Ottoman style.
Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam serves women from 08am to 04pm,
and serves men from 4:30pm to 11:30pm
Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami is located in Tophane and the easiest way is to take the tram to Tophane, and then it just across the road.
Address: Kemankeş Mah. Hamam Sok. No: 1, Kılıç Ali Paşha Hamamı, 34425 Tophane, Karaköy İstanbul