Bath culture, which is still being maintained as a culture that preserves its vividness today, offers an authentic experience to us that suits well to our perceptions of cleanness, health and entertainment. Baths, which are in conformity with Roman life style and became a culture, reached the present day. In the past years, by the collapse of Roman Empire they were left dilapidated but Arabs protected the tradition of baths. As cleanness is always important for Muslims, baths also are always special for them. In the baths, which are time to time used as social activity areas, people spend enjoyable times together with their relatives and friends. In the baths, that constitute unique places for cleaning and resting, there are rooms with medium temperature, hot sweat rooms and pools having hot water in them which are healthy for the users.
Since we mentioned that baths are healthy, we would also like to make reference to the benefits of this miraculous water. As you know, baths are very hot places. They allow us to sweat toxins out of our bodies. Hot water and steam increase blood circulation. They increase the metabolic rate. The body rests perfect well. The baths, at which health and authenticity meet, are also focuses of interest for the tourists.
If you want to have a healthy body and rest perfectly, let us take a glance together at the famous baths of Turkey.
Süleymaniye Bath, which was put into service in 1557 and is owned by Kanuni Sultan Süleymaniye Vakfiye, got famous with its unusual motifs and patterns. The bath, located in Süleymaniye Külliye (Islamic-Ottoman social complex) and became an integral part of it, is famous with its domes and authentic chimneys. On the other hand, Süleymaniye Bath has been closed in 1924 and rented out in 2001. It was put into service again, after carrying out some restoration works. Süleymaniye Bath has a capacity of 32 people. If you like to visit and use this bath, which has separate parts both for men and women; you should make a reservation beforehand. While you are relaxing in the hot water of the bath, you can order some drinks.
Üsküdar Çinili (Tiled) Bath
In the bath, which was made constructed by the Sultans of Sultans, Kösem Sultan, the rooms of women and men have been designed separately. Over the years, Üsküdar Çinili Bath, which was left to its fate, has been put into service after being bought in 1964 and repaired by a private ownership. You can visit this bath, in which the residents of İstanbul are very interested, seven days a week between 08.00 am and 06.00 pm. There is also a sauna in the men’s section. Preserving its authenticity as a bath among the historical baths is the main factor that attracts the tourists like a magnet.
We can define Cağaloğlu Bath as the shah of the baths. You know why? The main factor which makes Cağaloğlu Bath a very special place is the fact that New York Times has described this bath as “one of the thousand places that should be visited in the world”. At the same time, this bath was called as “the best bath in the world” by The Guardian. In these circumstances, the number of the people, who want to visit the bath, is increasing day by day. Even Kate Moss, one of the most famous models in the world, has exhibited enchanting pieces of jewelry of a jewel company that she signed an agreement with, in this mysterious bath. The services being provided in the bath are dry massage on the central massage platform, rubbing with coarse bath-glove, massage with soap and washing with suds. If you get hungry or want to become cool, there is a bar, a restaurant and a cafeteria. You should certainly visit Cağaloğlu Bath, which lots of famous people have been visiting for many years.
The bath, which is designed by the skillful hands of Sinan the architect and located next to Çemberlitaş Monument in Divanyolu, has been made constructed by the wife of Selim II, Nur Banu Sultan, in order to bring in money for the benefit of Valide-i Atik Külliyesi (Islamic-Ottoman social complex). After the section of the bath that is reserved for women has offered services as a carpenter shop and a restaurant for many years, it was restored and put into service as a bath again 2 years ago. In those times, Sinan the architect made the healthy waters in Belgrad Forests be carried to the bath by the help of clay pipes. We can easily say that Çemberlitaş Bath is a work of art as a result of the mastership of Sinan the architect. Services such as massage, rubbing with coarse bath-glove and massage with suds are being offered. In addition, a saloon for apparatus gymnastics, cafeteria, restaurant and jacuzzi have been put into the service for the visitors.
Sokullu Bath (Edirne)
Sokullu Bath, the biggest bath in Turkey, which was designed by Sinan the architect, has been made constructed by the Grand Vizier Sokullu Mehmet Pasha in the second half of the 16th century. It is a very big bath with its dome and the garden. It has been giving service for approximately 50 years as a private property. The entrances for women and men are in separate places. The bath, which can be visited everyday of the week, attracts attention with its stone carvings and satirical decorations of bride and mother-in-law bath basins in the women’s’ section. The bath, which is also known as a Bath with Three Minaret Balconies, brings the history to the present day.
Kervansaray Termal (Caravansary Thermal) (Bursa)
This is the hot spring of Kervansaray Hotel which is the apple of the eye of Bursa and famous with its healthy waters. The construction of it has started in 1987 in the old hot spring area in Bursa Çekirge Square. This hot spring, which exists since the Roman period, had an overall restoration in the times of Murat Hüdavendigar in 1389. It is a source of health with its thermal water having 44 degrees of temperature. In addition, it is rich in terms of bicarbonate and calcium. We strictly suggest you to visit this bath which is open everyday.
Çifte Göbek Bath (Bath Having Double Massage Platforms) (Erzurum)
The bath, which serves only to the men, is also known as the bath having two massage platforms. It was constructed in the 18th century. The change rooms of the bath located next to Bakırcı Mosque in Erzurum consists of warmth, hot and private sections. The bath, which is owned by General Directorate for Foundations, has a capacity of 100 people. For many years the bath provided service to women but then started to give service only to men. The feature making this bath different is that, linden and rose hip teas that were boiled over the stove are offered in winters. There are also separate sweat sauna rooms in the bath.
Sekiz Direkli Hamam (Bath with Eight Poles) (Trabzon)
This bath is different from other baths in Trabzon. It has a plan similar to nomad group tents. Seljukians had been settled in the West part of the city when they could not conquer Trabzon. The bath is thought to be constructed by Seljukians in that period. It is called with this name as the bath has eight poles supporting the octagonal dome. However, this bath was abandoned in 1916 and was restored again by Ministry of Culture and Municipality of Trabzon in 1987 and then it was put into service. Bath with Eight Poles is a two-storey bath with a capacity of 35 people.
Kurşunlu Bath (Yalova)
Great leader Atatürk used to visit this bath. The bath, dating back to the 17th century had been made constructed by Byzantine Emperor Justinian. There are relieves of God of strength Heracles, God of health Asclepius and sea nymphs and the like, on the outer walls of this bath, which has a special workmanship in terms of architecture. Atatürk first visited this bath in 1929, liked it very much and visited 313 times during his life. Kurşunlu bath, because of the characteristics of its water, had won an award of being a hot spring having the best waters, in a contest carried out in Rome.