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Plunge into a Turkish bath

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A veritable institution, the steam bath is part of the culture of Istanbul. Try the hammam experience in an authentic Ottoman monument of the 16th century.

There are many Turkish baths across the city; from old to modern, each neighbourhood has its own. Several formulas and different services are offered: from a simple steam session to a massage followed by a Turkish coffee in the relaxation room. Three hammams are particularly worth a visit.

First is the most famous, the Cemberlitas Hamami, near the Grand Bazaar, built in 1584 by the architect Mimar Sinan. The architecture is magnificent: beautiful marble and mosaics, and two grandiose domes over the impeccable bathing rooms. Then there's Cagaloglu, always full since 1741. The staff is charming, and the oriental decor is made of white marble, pink mosaics, and ancient basins. Its stained-glass dome diffuses a warm light on the central platform.

Finally, there is Kilic Ali Pasa, also designed by Mimar Sinan in the 16th century and renovated seven years ago. Its flamboyant marble and lavish bathing rooms are worthy of sultans and sultanas alike.

Cemberlitas Hamami
Vezirhan Cd. n° 8
34440 Istanbul

+90 212 522 79 74

www.cemberlitashamami.com

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