Historical Turkish Baths in Istanbul

Turkish baths are among the most visited historical buildings in Istanbul. Many historical baths from the Ottoman period are still standing and serving today.

Turkish baths; It was used as a place for cleaning, washing and even getting rid of diseases. There were also many baths in Istanbul, the capital of the empire. Great architects of the Ottoman Empire also built baths as masterpieces. While the external appearance of these structures fascinates people, their interior designs are also very beautiful.

Historical Turkish Baths in Istanbul

Cağaloğlu Turkish Bath

Cağaloğlu Turkish Bath is one of the biggest baths in Istanbul. It is the last large bathhouse built in the Ottoman period. It was included in the New York Times’ “A Thousand Places to See Before You Die”.

The architecture of Cağaloğlu Turkish Bath is in baroque style. The distinguishing feature of classical Ottoman baths is that the cold and hot sections are different from other baths. The bathhouse, which has been standing for three centuries, has separate sections for men and women. If you want to feel the historical texture of Istanbul, you should definitely visit this place.

Address: Prof. Kazım İsmail Gürkan Cad. No: 24 Cağaloğlu-Eminönü / İstanbul

Contact: +90 212 512 85 53

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Süleymaniye Bath

Built in 1557, Süleymaniye Bath is one of the most beautiful baths in Istanbul. The bath, which is the work of Mimar Sinan, consists of 3 parts. There is a women’s section, a men’s section and a private lodge section. It is known that the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent was washed in the special lodge section.

Address: Mimar Sinan Caddesi No: 20 Süleymaniye / İstanbul

Contact: +90 212 519 55 69


Çinili Bathhouse

The Çinili Hamam, built in 1640, is located in Üsküdar. It has managed to preserve itself as a neighborhood bath among the historical baths of Istanbul.

Built by the order of Kösem Sultan, Çinili Hamam takes its name from the special tiles used in its construction. Since these special tiles have been stolen in the past years, almost none of these tiles are currently available.

Thanks to its high domes, the hamam has a spacious environment inside, and various art projects are also organized in organizations.

Address: Valide-i Atik Mah. 34664 Uskudar / Istanbul

Contact: +90 216 334 97 10


Galatasaray Turkish Bath

Galatasaray Hammam is one of the most magnificent and famous hamams in Istanbul. Galatasaray Hammam, which has been in service since 1484, is the most preferred bath in Istanbul today. It was used by many sultans, grand viziers and pashas in history.

A story is told about the construction of Galatasaray Hammam. According to the rumors, while walking around the area where the current Galatasaray High School and Galatasaray Bath are located, Sultan Second Beyazıt encounters someone named Gül Baba. This person asks the sultan to build a large school and a social complex with a large domed bath that will rule over the centuries. The Sultan accepts this request and starts the construction in 1481. Gül Baba’s tomb is in this complex today.

Address: Turnacıbaşı Sokak No: 24 Galatasaray- Beyoğlu / Istanbul

Contact: +90 212 252 42 42 or +90 212 249 43 42

Kılıç Ali Pasha Turkish Bath

The bath, built by Mimar Sinan, takes its name from Kılıç Ali Pasha, one of the most important pashas of the Ottoman Empire. It is thought that the bathhouse was built between 1578-1583.

Kilic Ali Pasha Bath has the second largest dome in Istanbul. Another feature of the bath is its translucent dome decorated with elephant eyes.

Address: Kemankeş Mah. Hamam Sok. No: 1 Tophane – Karakoy / Istanbul

Contact: +90 212 393 80 10

Cemberlitas Bath

Çemberlitaş Bath was built by Mimar Sinan in 1584 at the request of Nur Banu Sultan, the wife of the Ottoman Sultan Selim III.

Also known as Valide Sultan Hamam and Gül Hamam, Çemberlitaş Bath has separate sections for men and women. In the Seyahatname of the famous Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi, this bath is mentioned as the Third Murat Bath.

What makes Çemberlitaş Hamam special is that some of the navel stones in it have Ottoman inscriptions.

Address: Vezirhan Cad. No: 8 Cemberlitas / Istanbul

Contact: +90 212 522 79 74

Hagia Sophia Hurrem Sultan Bath

The Hagia Sophia Hürrem Sultan Bath, built in 1556, was built by Hürrem Sultan, the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent. Mimar Sinan broke new ground in Turkish bath architecture by building the men’s and women’s sections on the same axis for the first time. The bathhouse, which Hürrem Sultan had built as a charity, was used as a warehouse for many years. It was reopened as a bathhouse in 2011.

Address: Cankurtaran Mah. Hagia Sophia Square No: 2 Fatih / Istanbul

Contact: +90 212 517 35 35