Wednesday, May 17, 2017

AZİZİYE HAMAMI since 1860

Kadıköy - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 40°59'39.2"N 29°01'34.3"E / 40.994222, 29.026194

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The Aziziye Hamam was built during the rule of the Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz in 1860. This historical structure is a classic example of 19th century Ottoman architectural style. It is designed as a double bath, consisting of two identical buildings, one being for women and the other for men, with seperate entrances.

Traditionally, Aziziye Hamam has hot, cool and steam rooms, the navel stone, dressing and resting rooms. Bath floors are tiled with Turkish marbles which has good heat distribution qualities. The boiler room was untouched, as opposed to most of the Turkish baths build during later, runs on firewood which changes the overall experience. The Aziziye Hamam is a classic example of 19th century Ottoman style. It was built in 1860 and designed as a double bath, one for men and the other for women.

The exterior is nothing to write home about but do not let this put you off as the inside of the hamam is to die for. Look out for the gorgeous tiling and the cleanliness of the bath. You need bring nothing with you as everything is provided. You are scrubbed by your own sex, so no discomfort needs be felt. All you need to worry about is how amazing you will feel afterwards.

The bathroom and sauna is located on the first floor, you pass through the shower and massage compartment and you wash yourself in the middle section. You then move onto the sauna area to soak your pores for around 10-15 minutes depending on how long you can last in the sauna! Once you’re out you wash yourself again to remove sweat and dead skin. Your masseuse will come and find out and then take you back to the first section to complete your scrub and massage.

This is the place to go to experience a traditional Turkish hamam, one that you’ll find the locals frequenting. As with everything in Turkey, there is no rushing you out of the door as soon as your experience is over, you are welcome to stay and relax and soak up the history. In fact linger and pour yourself with hot and cold water to your hearts content.

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WEB SITE : Aziziye Hamamı

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E-Mail : info@aziziyehamam.com
Phone : +90 212 349 1465 / +90 212 449 0613

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SULTANAHMET HAMAMI since 1710

Sultanahmet, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'30.0"N 28°58'32.0"E / 41.008333, 28.975556

The Historical Sultanahmet Hamamı was built in the 17 th century as a hamam. The hamam is tastefully renovated without changing the architectural specialities. Each top of the hamam was built in a different style.

Our services include : Washing, peeling, soup massage, locked clothes changing cabin, towel (peştemal), slippers (takunya)

Our hamam has two sections. First section is for the families both ladies and men where they can get inside and enjoy our hamam. The second one is only for the ladies. Our masseurs (tellaks) are, trined and proffesional people. We have male and female masseurs.

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WEB SITE : Sultanahmet Hamamı

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E-mail : info@sultanahmethamami.com
Phone : +90 212 513 7204

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SOFULAR HAMAMI

Aksaray, Fatih - İstanbul Turkey

GPS : 41°00'49.5"N 28°56'55.5"E / 41.013750, 28.948750

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The Turkish bath located in Sofular Neighborhood derives its name from Sofular Mosque. The hamam is located where Sofular Avenue and Molla Hüsrev Avenue cross. Across the Turkish bath are Molla Hüsrev Mosque and Sofular Mosque while Bıçakcı Alaeddin Mosque is a little at the back. The Turkish bath which is still active is double and endowed by Sultan Bayezid II.

Sultan Bayezid II had this place constructed to provide an income for the kulliye in Edirne. In the middle of glasshouse there are a fountain pool and two flat locker rooms, and a wooden torch on the roof. There are three boxes for washing glove and a warm private room on the right of the warm room.

The top of the private rooms were covered with a dome. The top of the warm room is vaulted roof. There is one bench on the right and left of the hot room and the top of this place is covered with glass arch. The sides of the domes of the private rooms are shaped and the top of the sofa are vaulted roof.

Sofular Hamam is a brilliant Turkish bath which has octagonal navel stone under the big dome in the middle. The original form of the Turkish bath burnt out in the fire in Cibali in 1833.

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WEB SITE : Sofular Hamamı

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E-mail : jagrolet@gmail.com
Phone : +90 212 521 3759 / +90 212 521 7050

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

AĞA HAMAMI since 1454

Çukurcuma, Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'59.1"N 28°58'54.9"E / 41.033083, 28.981917

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The Historical Ağa hamamı (turkish bath) was constructed by Fatih Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. Ağa Turkish bath was used as a private hamam by Mehmed the Conqueror and his sons. At that time, Beyoglu District was not a settlement area and the Padishahs would come to Beyoglu District for hunting. Mehmed the Conqueror constructed this building as a hunting house in 1454.

Ağa hamamı was designed as a hamam below the two flats above. It underwent a large-scale renovation in 1844 by Sultan Abdülmecid. It was used by the Sultans and their sons until the final years of the Ottoman Empire.

With the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, the Ottoman Empire ended. In those days a Armenian woman bought the Ağa hamamı (turkish bath) and it first opened to public. She decided sold the Ağa hamamı to Huseyin Yilmaz. Due to his old age, Huseyin Yilmaz sold it to his nephew Ali Yilmaz in May 1974 after thirty four years of operation. The last renovation was in 1986 by Ali Yilmaz. It serves only tourists mixed hamam in istanbul for over ten years.

It is a three-floor building sitting on a 650 sqm of land. The first two floors were built as the house and the entrance floor as the Ağa Hamamı. The exterior and the top of hammam (a skylight dome with round frames) were designed to receive the daylight from sunrise to sunset.

The hammam has a 250 sqm section at the back to heat it. In those years this section was named "kulhan". This building was influenced by the classic era that began at the end of the 15th century. Many buildings that were constructed by Fatih Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror right after the Conquest of Constantinople followed this trend.

The internal structure consists of sections called "soyunmalık, ılıklık and sıcaklık" (changing rooms and the sections for warming up and heating up respectively). Apart from these sections, the installations section takes up a huge room. This section consists of the water reservoir, kulhan and cehennemlik (literally "hell room"). The most voluminous spaces in Ağa Hamamı are usually the changing rooms. The house and the hammam have very high ceilings which extend up to 3.5 meters. High ceilings are the most prominent features of historical buildings.

Cold Halvet (Private Small Room)
It is the first entrance section of the hamam, it is not a very hot section. It is the section used to cool off when it becomes uncomfortably hot for you.

Hot Section (Inside Of Hamam) And Center Stone
This is the section mainly used by tourists. It is the bathing and sweating section. It contains the center stone which is heated from below. You can lie on it and relax.

Hot Halvet
Consists of two small rooms. Only used for bathing. Each room has three kurnas (marble tubs in which hot and cold water from two taps are mixed). It is one of the hottest sections.

Külhan (Furnace)
This is the section from which the hamam is heated. The Ağa hamam has been heated with traditional methods for years. It is heated by wood fire. Woods are lit in the kulhan section and the heat circulates under the hamam. While many hamams in Istanbul are heated with natural gas, the Ağa hamam is heated by wood fire, which allows experiencing a privilege in heat. Heat provided by natural gas can never be the same as that of wood fire.

Entrance
Welcome to Ağa hamamı. Choose the pack you desire at the entrance, go into the room exclusively for you, wrap around your pestemal, lock up your room and go let yourself enjoy the comfort on marble.

Kese (special bath glove)
It is a cleaning method which has been used since the initial years of Ottoman Empire. Your skin gets softer as the result of perspiration in the hamam, with the help of a kese dead skin is removed and skin pores are opened.

Foam Bath
It is a method used to clean the body following the kese process. Leave yourself into the hands of the masseur/masseuse and feel the comfort. Experiencing this feeling at the Aga hamam is a privilege.

Oil Massage
Oil massage is a type of massage known worldwide. It was first applied by the Chinese three thousand years ago. Massage is applied to ease pains, reduce swellings, relax muscles and to accelerate recovery from contraction and sprain resulting from injury. Contrary to popular belief, massage does not prevent weakening of muscle strength. It is a very old method for relaxing and recreation. We offer to you the oil massage with the Turkish bath (hamam) culture.

Face Mask
Ağa Hamamı apply face mask to clean face after Hamam. Skin pores will be clean and open in the hamam. if you get face mask, your face will be soft and cleaner.

Exit
While you exit the hamam, we change your pestemal and towel, then you go into your room and put on your clothes. We also recommend you to let your soul have a rest at our oriental corner with a Turkish tea.

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WEB SITE : Ağa Hamamı

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E-Mail : huseyin@agahamami.com
Phone : +90 212 249 5027

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KADIRGA HAMAMI since 1734

Kadırga, Fatih - İstanbul Turkey

GPS : 41°00'19.6"N 28°58'04.6"E / 41.005444, 28.967944

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The bath gets its name from the neighborhood it is located. Yahya Pasha bin Abdulhay, a vizier of Sultan Bayezid II period, had this bath built. He also served as the Grand Seignior of Anatolia and Rumelia. He was the father of renowned raider commander Bali Bey. He died in 1505 or in 1508.

He also donated for the needs of these works. Kadırga Turkish Bath today serves to both sexes. It is written on its gate and inside the bath that it was build Egyptian Governor Yahya Pasha in 1741. It was repaired twice in 1948 and 1952.

It was build out of rubble stones and bricks. In men’s section, a three domed tepidarium is reached after a square designed single domed changing section. Caldarium with three iwans and two private cells is reached from tepidarium. Ladies’ section that cannot be entered is supposed to be in the same design.

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WEB SITE : Kadırga Hamamı

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E-Mail : jagrolet@gmail.com
Phone : +90 212 518 1948

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BÜYÜK HAMAM since 1533

Kasımpaşa, Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'00.2"N 28°58'06.5"E / 41.033389, 28.968472

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If you are looking for a local hamam turkish bath taste here we are waiting for you. Buyuk Hamam is almost 500 year-old historical turkish bath located just in the heart of the town; istanbul and turkish bath means “Kasımpaşa Büyük Hamam”

Büyük hamam was built in 1533 by Sinan the architect in Kasımpaşa. It is historical old turkish bath that still keeps traditional way.

There are spacious and bright changing places in both women's and men's sections. There is a large and modern swimming pool in the Hammam. This pool is only serving to the men and can be used by paying an extra fee. The magnificence of the bathhouse is unfolded by the 60 marble basins inside.

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WEB SITE : Büyük Hamam

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E-Mail : info@buyukhamam.net
Phone : +90 212 253 4229 / +90 212 238 9800

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Friday, May 12, 2017

CAĞALOĞLU HAMAM since 1741

Cağaloğlu, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'38.6"N 28°58'32.1"E / 41.010722, 28.975583

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The Cağaloğlu Hamam, constructed in 1740-1741, is the last one of the biggest hamam to be built during the Ottoman Empire. It was constructed in Istanbul Fatih, in Alemdar, on Hilal-i Ahmer street as a çifte (double) public hamam to bring revenue for the library of Sultan Mahmud I the first situated inside the mosque of Ayasofya.

When we take a look at the names of the head architects of that time we can say that it was begun by Süleyman Ağa finished by Abdullah Ağa. It is the last example of its kind to be built in Istanbul and is a successful hamam that is still operational in our time. All the architectural beauty of the structure has been kept until today. The hammam still serves as a double bath.

The palace of Nevşehirli Groom Ibrahim Pasha was burnt in 1740 so Cağaloğlu Bath was begun to be constructed in the place of the palace. The entrance of women is placed on the bath street and men’s entrance is on the main street. Also the bath has a feature of being one of the last and biggest baths, because Sultan Mustafa III banned to construct baths due to increase in the need of water.

It is entered through the marble door to the building. The door of the women’s section is on a side street called Hamam while the men's entrance is from the main road with two marble columns with classic stalactite capitals on both sides.

In time when the street was elevated, the men's section is reached by a staircase of 10 steps. The architecture of the door is contrary to eclectic Turkish style. There is an original inscription with a verse of Koran, above the entrance door. On the tablet above the door is a long inscription of 7 lines and 28 verves.

The changing rooms of the men's section are quite spacious and bright. Baroque styled fountain pool in the same section is very striking. There are eight marble columns with graven tops, four cubicle spaces and octagonal middle stone in the square planned hot room (sıcaklık). The hot cubical space is used as sauna at the present. Cold and hot sections were made different way, away from the classical Ottoman architecture, the baroque- style was used in these sections.

In men’s part, dressing section is covered with a large dome but cold section is covered with a small dome. Hot section is covered again a large dome, in the middle of the hot section there is a central stone (göbektaşı) and around it there are many basins (kurna) and halvet. In the middle of the building of bath, a spacious pool which was made of one piece of marble and fountain in the pool which has three floors are placed, these are so beautiful.

The domes are supported by arches and columns. There are eight arches on eight marble columns supporting the dome in the sıcaklık. In the center is the marble göbektaşı, surrounded by halvets in the four corners and three sofas in between. The sofas are covered with semi domes. There is a square garden between the undressing room of the womens' section and the camegah of the mens' section.

The beginning of the camegah and the soğukluk is different from classis plans. The sogukluk is also separated by two columns into three sections. In the middle is a dome. The sıcaklık is the same as in the mens' section. The high and wide camegah is joined to the large dome by segmented corner trumpet-like vault panels. In the middle is a pool with a waterjet of great artistic value.

The windows are placed between the vault panels in threes. On the top of the dome is a lantern for illumination. There is a şirvan in the camegah with rooms for undressing. The soğukluk is entered through a double door from the camegah and is covered with seven barrel vaults and a half sphere small dome.

Cağaloğlu Bath was built three hundred years ago and it has been still standing today also serving to a large number of local and foreign tourists as a double bath. Men’s part is open from 8 to 10, while women’s part is open from 8 to 8. There is a restaurant-bar at the entrance of the men's section. Reservation required for dinner.

According to your wishes, you can use your own materials or materials found here. In addition, you can both see a historical structure and spend time in the beautiful bath.

These double baths in which only the changing-rooms have been changed since 1969-1971 now consist of two parts, one of women and the other for men in a 2834 sq.m area.

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WEB SITE : Cağaloğlu Hamamı

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E-Mail : info@cagalogluhamami.com.tr
Phone : +90 212 522 2423 / +90 212 522 2424
Fax: +90 212 512 8553

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KILIÇ ALİ PAŞA HAMAM since 1583

Tophane, Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'34.2"N 28°58'49.6"E / 41.026167, 28.980444

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According to the history books he was originally from Italian Origin, once a slave on board a ship over which he eventually became Captain assuring his rise to fame and fortune. He was one of the 16th century’s Greatest Admirals who played a Key Role in The Ottoman Fleet’s Mediterranean Victories due to his keen intelligence and navigational skills.

Mimar Sinan the legendary Architect of that period was commissioned by “Kılıç Ali Paşa” to build the Hamam to withstand the ravages of the sea and time. The large light, Magnificient Dome above the Camegah (relaxation area) is 14 metres across and 17 metres high one of the largest single domes built by Sinan in 1583.

The sympathetic and painstaking restoration over 7 years retained many of the original features including the 2 doors leading from the reception and relaxation area into the warm areas.

The features of the Külhan (Chimney/exhaust), the leaded domes and the glass elephant eyes along with brick by brick repointing, original Kurnas and some carved stone and marble slabs found during excavation have been retained and used within the premises adding to its extreme historical beauty and interest.

The Hamam Ritual

Kese
"Scrub" without soap is performed by a man/woman called a Tellak/Natır. A technique that requires experience so that no ‘skin scrapes’ arise. Many of these families pass this tradition from father to son, and can trace their origins in this profession a long way.

The job is one performed with the attitude of honour and dignity, hence the great pride they have for doing the job exceptionally well and receiving a tip that demonstrates your approval and pleasure. Tellak/Natır will then rinse off with warm water and start the Köpük (bubbly soap wash). No massage is done so no joints are put under strain of any kind.

Camegah
Relaxation and changing area. Large sofa’s tables and chairs allow Hamam guests to relax after their treatment in the serenity and splendour of this high domed area that receives and directs guests to their changing rooms and Hamam treatments.

The Hamam is used to restore energy and vitality to the body by reducing the toxins, and allowing the skin to breathe again. For some time after the treatment the body will continue to detox. It is the Cemagah area that allows you to sit, relax and enjoy the serenity of this building, drink, have a light snack before getting dressed and continuing your daily routine.

To compliment and complete our Hamam Complex, we have a Massage area where experienced professionals can give you a fabulous signature massage to leave you feeling well balanced and energetic.

The Cafe & Retail Shop
Offer local Turkish drinks and fresh daily snacks of the season, to restore your vitality before you continue your journey or visit our Hamam for a traditional treatment. We keep a limited range of items, many exclusive to us as they were made for our use in the Hamam. Interesting and useful, we hope to keep interest high with our minimalist approach allowing you to browse at leisure.

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WEB SITE : Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı

MORE INFO & CONTACT
E-Mail : info@kilicalipasahamami.com
Phone : +90 212 393 8010
Fax : +90 212 393 8001

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MAHMUTPAŞA HAMAM since 1466

Mahmutpaşa, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'43.5"N 28°58'12.0"E / 41.012083, 28.970000

About 250 metres down Mahmut Paşa Yokuşu, we come to a turning on the left where we see an imposing domed building. The hamam, built in 1466 (871 A.H.), is located on the Mahmud Paşa highway leading up to the mosque. This was originally part of the Mahmut Paşa Complex, and, as always in these interdependent pious foundations, its revenues went to the support of the other institutions in the complex.

It consists of an entrance hall with latrines, a cold-room (soğukluk) and a hot-room (sıcaklık). The soğukluk is a truly monumental room covered by a dome with spiral ribs and a huge semidome in the form of a scallop shell; on each side are two square cubicles with elaborate vaulting.

The hararet is octagonal with five shallow oblong niches, and in the crossaxis there are two domed eyvans, each of which leads to two more private bathing cubicles in the corners.

The entry to the baths is adorned with a grand muqarnas portal beyond which the entrance hall looms large with its tall dome measuring 27 meters in diameter. Entering the smaller cold-room under a demi-dome, the square space with two eyvans and private bathing cells (halvet) is covered with a whorl dome.

Like most of the great hamams, it was originally double, but the women’s section was torn down to make room for the neighbouring han. We enter through a large central hall (17 metres square) with a high dome on stalactited pendentives; the impressive size of the camekân is hardly spoiled by the addition of a modern wooden balcony.

The following hot room has an octagonal navel stone (göbektaşı) at its center under a dome pierced with lights that sits on eight piers. It has five eyvans with taps and basins between the piers and two other eyvans give access to private cells at the four corners of the chamber.

Like all of Mahmut Paşa’s buildings, his hamam is a very handsome and well-built structure. For a time it fell into disuse and then served as a storage depot, but it has been restored and now serves as a market hall.

A han stands today on the site of the women's section that was demolished. The remaining men's section survived damage by fire in 1755 and was restored in 1955.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

MİHRİMAH SULTAN HAMAMI since 1562

Edirnekapı, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'43.8"N 28°56'11.6"E / 41.028833, 28.936556

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It is reported that Sultan Süleyman, the Kanuni, had constructed two large mosques and  education complexes, one in Üsküdar and one in Edirnekapı, ­ naming them after his daughter, Mihrimah Sultan, born to Hürrem Sultan. The interesting thing related to those historical works is that, while the sun is rising behind one minaret of the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in Edirnekapı, the moon emerges between the two minarets of the mosque in Üsküdar. Mihrimah is a Persian word, meaning “sun and moon”

The  historical Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, located in Edirnekapı, as a part of the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque Education Complex, was, according to historical literature, built between 1562 and 1565 in the form of a double Turkish Bath, according to a design which was common in the classical period. The Mihrimah Sultan Turkish Bath  has a significant role in Turkish bath culture.

Through the mysterious historical background, it is reported to have many health benefits. Today, having undergone transformations, it has become  an essential part of our social and cultural lives. Turkish Bath for centuries, has become a part of our lives, from the point of a healthy lifestyle. Turkish Bath is known to be curing colds and asthmas, preserving the youth and freshness of the skin.

It is a significant requirement for a Turkish Bath that it must be healthy, clean and at necessary temperature. Infrastructure is very important in a high quality Turkish Bath. Without sacrificing quality, you may just visit Mihrimah Sultan Bath in order to enjoy the pleasure coming through the mysterious depths of history.

In Turkish lifestyle, bathes are not just a place to wash up, but also a center for medical, social and cultural activities. Use of water, one of the essential needs of living things, for medical purposes, caused construction of baths, spas or similar facilities. The Turkish Baths, being one of such structures, particularly satisfies bathing and cleansing requirements of the people. In addition to this,  the architectural construction of baths changed according to dominant religion and social life.

The word Turkish Bath (Hamam) means bath in Arabic (Hammam) and hot in Hebrew (Hamam). Hamam, could shortly be defined as “a place dedicated to washing up, cleaning and healing”

One  of the structures of Turkish civilian architecture, which is important but not sufficiently emphasized, is Turkish baths. They are very important with regard to Turkish cultural history. They imitate mosques with their domes and other design elements.

The interior design and components of these facilities  may be very simple or complicated. Today, there are many Turkish bath ruins dating back to either pre-Ottoman period and Ottoman period.

The Ottomans, caring for the traditions of the Muslim states before them, started constructing public benefit facilities everywhere after they were  autonomous. The important parts of the internal design within the Turkish Baths, which have a special design, are generally dressing rooms, drying and towel changing room and bathing room.

Turkish Bath has a prominent place in the Ottoman culture, in literature, language or daily life. Women and men go to Turkish baths for  washing up.  They are important for socialization of women. There are such traditions as going to bath on Thursday evenings, keeping bathes open all night long the day before feasts this is preserved also today.

The benefits of the vapor bath was known centuries ago. Today,  vapor baths are considered to be a suitable method for  cleaning skin and body, discharging toxins, accelerating blood circulation, stimulating the immune system and to support a holistic physical and mental health. Vapor baths  provide a relaxation. The problems related to muscular pains or arthritis are healed due to relaxing effect of  heat.

The heat also diminishes pains and inflammation. People with asthma and allergic problems have some healing for their respiratory problems since heat expands air  passages. Heat cannot alone treat colds,  but it reduces congestions and helps for a fast recovery. Vapor baths increases the blood flow in the skin and accelerates sweating.

An adult sweats about 1 liter per hour in the Turkish Bath. A good sweating  removes the dirt and dead skin layer, and provides the skin with a healthy brightness. Acute liquid loss causes a reduction in the body water weight. Since this is a temporary condition,  the body will recover its water content by  taking liquids again.

Heat is a treatment agent in many cultures. All functions of the body depends on chemical reactions, which are directly influenced by temperature. This situation is related to its influence on our tissues and health.

Turkish Bath is known to  be helpful for following recoveries :

Colds and asthma related to respiratory system, It is known to be helpful for a fresh skin, In the process of sweating, vapor effectively cleanses the toxins on the surface of the body, Vapor improves the vascular flow, and increases the oxygenation in the cellular level, Vapor bathes are very much effective in the process of removing fats and toxins, Increases blood circulation, Increases metabolic activity, Provides a fresher skin,  Eliminates muscular stress and pain, removes joint blockages, Supports the immune system, Increases lymph system cleansing, Mitigates stress and is relaxative, Mitigates sinus blockings due to cold, asthma or allergic conditions, The heat released by vapor baths is among the treatments used against cancer and infection diseases nowadays.

Such humid and  warm methods  as Turkish Baths and vapor baths are proven to be therapeutic for centuries  in many cultures. Perhaps, the most  interesting example is the encounter of modern therapy with the ancient treatments. Modern treatment methods also employ vapor for treating many ailments. But, Turkish Baths not only provide you with a good vapor, but also with traditional and new treatments, which help them survive centuries. So far, taking bath in Turkish Baths  is aimed for purification, beauty and body tonification.

People also visit these places to recover. Traditional “hair removal”, “bath glove rubbing” and “foam massage” are the most prominent features of a Turkish Bath. In addition to those, clay, seaweed or mud are  other agents used in baths. Herbal remedies (mashed or powder herbs, or honey) are also used. In short, Turkish Baths do not only offer you a cleaning and bath glove rubbing experience, but also with a bodily and spiritual purification, a holistic therapy, massage therapy and beauty. These are medical, social and cultural facilities.

All  ornaments (gold, jewels etc.) and glasses  should be removed. Metal absorbs heat excessively and influences capillary veins, also causing skin rashes and irritation. Contact lenses may cause eye irritation, so they must be removed before starting to bath.

Starting a bath with the stomach full  may cause health problems, so one must stop eating and drinking before starting to wash. Any food taken before bath causes a stress in the circulation system. If you had a big meal, you must wait for one or two hours before starting to wash (as in the case of exercising). In addition to that,   taking a hot bath with a totally empty stomach is not recommended. Turkish Baths consume your energy, as in exercising.

Some people may suffer nausea or fainting. Because of this, also taking into account the symptoms of your body, consider a lower temperature bath with a shorter time. Also, if you feel physically tired, avoid taking a Turkish Bath. Turkish Bath and hot is not good when you are on alcohol. It could even be dangerous.

The customer undresses in the allocated room, wears the waist cloth or short and proceeds to heated platform, sauna, pool and Jacuzzi section. In order to enjoy the mystery of the history and wash up around the large heated platform in the center, we offer you private rooms and halls including marble basins. The customer will feel himself / herself relaxed and peaceful. Our experienced personnel will offer you a customer focused service. You can ask these services from our personnel (glove rubbing and massaging on the heated platform, helping you to wash up after massage etc.)

After sweating up on the heated platform or sauna, the customers are applied a dry massage. After glove rubbing, a foam massage is provided. In the end, after drying up, you can rest in your private rooms.

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WEB SITE : Mihrimah Sultan Hamamı

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E-Mail : info@mihrimahsultanhamami.com
Phone : +90 212 523 0487

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ATİK VALİDE SULTAN HAMAM since 1583

Üsküdar - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'04.8"N 29°01'18.2"E / 41.018000, 29.021722

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The Atik Valide Sultan Bath House is right next to the Üsküdar Municipal Building on Üsküdar Square, Hakimiyet-i Milliye Avenue, which runs perpendicular to the seaside.  It also known as Nurbanu Valide Sultan Hamam, which takes the name from the founder. The hamam is built on Eski Topbaşı Road, which also gives another name to the bath, in Üsküdar.

The bath was built for providing income to the complex; however in many other examples in baths, the bath was sold to a private owner; is not belonging to the Waqf anymore. It is a part of a complex but physically it is independent from the complex.

For a long time it was used as a carpenter atelier, but then it was transformed into a bath again. There is no inscription but according to some sources it was built simultaneous with the complex in 1577-79, but according to M. Nermi Haskan's book on baths, it was built in 1583.

The Atik Valide Sultan Bath was known to be in ruins until 1985 and was restored in this year. For a long time it was used as a carpenter atelier, but then it was transformed into a bath again.The hamam is a small one among other Sinan baths. The authenticity is lost by many interventions. Basically, using the place as a carpenter atelier damaged the space. Later interventions, for covering the damaged walls are improper.

Today the bath is a colorful one with lack of original details. The dressing rooms are painted and covered with improper colors and imitative coverings. This causes the loss of bath comprehension. In women part, the original roof in the dressing part is lost and is capped by a reinforced concrete roofing.

This double bath, built for Nurbanu Validei Atik Sultan, was open for public use until 1917. Following its transfer to private ownership, it was restored and reopened as a shopping centre known as Mimar Sinan Çarsısı.

The western façade of the building was shaved off when the street was widened and during this process, the eastern section of the hamam was also torn down and a reinforced concrete structure added added to this part. The bath house is now open to visitors every day of the week except Sundays.

Located to the west of the complex, the baths are composed of a symmetrical arrangement of rectangular units along the northeast-southwest axis. Entered from the northeast, the dressing space is connected to the cold rooms. These are roofed in the center by domes with pendentives and on the sides by mirror vaults.

The hot rooms, located further to the southwest, are roofed by domes. The water storage unit is a rectangular, barrel-vaulted structure attached to the southwest side of the hot rooms. Following a period of use as a wood workshop, the bathes were renovated by the General Directorate of Religious Endowments. Today, the dressing spaces house shops.

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WEB SITE : Valide Atik Hamamı

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Phone : +90 216 334 9158

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ŞİFA HAMAMI

Doğancılar, Üsküdar - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'28.1"N 29°00'43.8"E / 41.024472, 29.012167

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The Old Hamam was built towards the end of the 15th century for the purpose of generating revenue in order to support the Rum Mehmet Paşa Mosque in Üsküdar. The men’s section is located on Doğancılar Street and the women’s section is located next to the Hüsrev Ağa Mosque.

It has also been known as the Historical Şifa Hamamı (Historical Cure Bath) and is a remarkable structure whose original shape has been protected through the ages.

One enters into the men’s section of the historical bath through a hall covered with marble pavement. The hall leads to the Camekan, a court made of wood surrounded by small individual changing rooms.

In addition to the changing rooms located on the left side, there are changing rooms upstairs. In the entry of the Halvet, a very hot bathing cubicle within the bathing complex, there are two water vessels made of marbel.

On the oppside side of the halvet are seven shower baths, three of which are open and are internally covered by a half-domed vault, and four of which are covered with a full-domed vault. Furthermore, the bath is covered by a large dome as well as a modest navel stone (göbek taşı) which draws the attention of visitors under the dome of the Old Hamam.

We have learned from an advertisement published in a newspaper in September 12, 1860 that the Historical bath was transfered to a single owner, and from another source, it we learn that it was also renovated.

This bath is not in contradiction with Ottoman Architectural style. In particular, it has been serving for visitors, the great majority of whom are Turkish citizens.

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BEYAZIT HAMAM

Beyazit, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'35.2"N 28°57'41.5"E / 41.009778, 28.961528

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The Bayezid II Hammam dates back to the 16th century, when Sultan Bayezid II commissioned it as part of the complex around the nearby Beyazit Mosque. In recent decades the hammam had fallen into disrepair, but it was restored as part of Istanbul University in 2015.

This hammam is also known as the place where rebel leader Patrona Halil worked as a bath attendant. His bloody uprising became the subject of several works by Orientalist painter Jean Baptiste Vanmour, and it is seen as marking the end of Sultan Ahmet III's Tulip Era.

The Beyazit Hamam is located in Istanbul's Beyazit district on Ordu Street. The structure has separate sections for both men and women. The entrance door of the women’s section is on Kimyager Derviş Paşa Street and the door of men’s section is on Ordu Street.

One enters the men’s section from the camekan, a court surrounded by small individual changing rooms roofed by a dome. From there, one passes into the ılıklık (lukewarm section), where four bathrooms covered by small domes and a cleaning room draw the attention of visitors.

There are sofas which are covered by a dome and presumably each one has three kurnas (marble basin) on both the left and right sides of the ılıklık. The harare (hot section) contains halvets roofed by domes. In addition to these, there was originally a marble plinth (göbek taşı) found in each of the four corners of the harare; however, these have not made it into our times.

The women’s section of the hamam is similar to men’s section that the water well that meeted of need of water. The water well responsible for meeting the water needs of the hamam is located near the women’s section behind the Central Library of Istanbul University.

MUSEUM OF TURKISH HAMAM CULTURE

As the Bayezid II Turkish Hammam Culture Museum it displays many items relevant to the Turkish bath, such as copper jugs, water bowls, towels, and bath shoes. Helpful texts in Turkish and English explain the origins and history of Turkish baths in Istanbul, as well as the spread of Turkish baths to Western European cities in the 19th century.

Some archaeological finds discovered during construction at Istanbul University are also displayed in the museum, including pieces from several Byzantine churches and a relief from the Forum of Theodosius.

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WEB SITE : Turkish Hammam Culture Museum

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E-Mail : hamammuzesi@istanbul.edu.tr
Phone : +90 212 444 0000

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ZEYREK ÇİNİLİ HAMAM since 1545

Zeyrek, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'05.2"N 28°57'22.8"E / 41.018111, 28.956333

The Çinili Hamam is the most eminent hamam located on Itfaiye Street in Istanbul's Fatih district. It was built by Mimar Sinan during the second quarter of the 16th century to generate revenue for the Hayrettin Paşa Madrasah and its tomb. The Hamam is also called “The Zeyrek Çinili Hamam” and “The Hayrettin Paşa Hamam.” It took its present name from the İznik tiles covering its walls which have not made it to the present day. After two large fires in 1782 and 1833, it was repaired and transfered to an individual owner.

The camekan of the double-bath styled Çinili Bath is not in contradiction with Classical Ottoman architecture; it is covered by a large dome. There is a pool with a fountain in the middle of the camekan, which is thought to have been a gift by the Shah of Iran. A court surrounded by small individual changing rooms and covered by a dome has been established in the middle of the hamam.

The changing rooms of the hamam are located upstairs and they passfrom the camekan into the ılıklık (lukewarm section) which is covered by an arched roof. Later, four keseliks, a type of bathing cabin used for exfoliating the skin, have been added to the ılıklık. From the ılıklık, one continues to the harare (hot section) through a passageway.

While walking through the passageway, a bathroom covered by five domes draws the attention of visitors.There are four halvets (a very hot bathing cubicle within the bath), three sofas (halls), and a marble plinth (göbek taşı). There are also two verses, each written in Persian, on the doors of halvet.

For Charles White, writing in the early 1840s, the “Tchinelly Hammam” was “one of the neatest and most picturesque in the city”. Zeyrek, close to the imperial Fatih Mosque and the Valencian Aqueduct, was a fashionable quarter with handsome wooden houses and views to the Golden Horn.

Today it is a rough-and-tumble area, whose houses are home to poor immigrants from the east, and the baths are shabby, if picturesque. Gone is the portico that shaded the entrances to the men’s and women’s baths. In its place butchers hang goats’ carcases. But, inside, Sinan’s domes and geometry still work their magic.

Sinan built the baths in the 1540s for Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha, known to the West as Barbarossa, a former corsair who became the first naval commander to be honoured by the Sultan with the title of Grand Admiral and Governor-General of the Islands. The navy was close to Sinan’s heart: in winter, while the Janissaries rested, it was the skilled galley slaves who did his building work - many earned their freedom when projects were completed.

In the “hot room”, a few of the tiles that gave the hammam its name can still be seen: panels of hexagonal Iznik tiles, their glaze encrusted with lime from dripping whitewash, and a row of tiles inscribed with lines of sensual Persian verse comparing the “beauties” therein to those of paradise.

The Çinili is a classic double hammam, for men and women. Leading back from the street is a sequence of domed halls, side by side: first the disrobing halls, then a wide, warm anteroom, and finally a hot room, marvellously austere but for the delicate pie-crust arches that support the dome and vaults.

Nearby there was a deep well, filled in long ago, from which the water for the hammam was drawn by horses. But behind the baths you will still find the chambers of the külhanbey, the legendary league of stokers.

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ÜSKÜDAR ÇİNİLİ HAMAM since 1640

Bağlarbası, Üsküdar - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'11.2"N 29°01'41.8"E / 41.019778, 29.028278

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The Çinili Hamam was built in 1640 as part of a mosque complex ordered by the Valide Sultan Mahpeyker Kösem, wife of Sultan Ahmet I (r. 1604-1617) and mother of Sultan Ibrahim I. It was built as Çinili Mosque, library, police office and hamam. Çinili hamam was made for Çinili Mosque’s construction workers. The tiles had been stolen by the burglars. But Hamam’s owners were sticked to its original concept as using blue tiles. Hamam has still its own charm.

Mahpeyker Kösem Sultan was one of the most powerful women of the Ottoman 17th century and gained unprecedented influence in political decision-making when acting as regent, which she did three times, for her son Sultan Murad IV, and her grandson Sultan Mehmed IV. She made enemies as well as allies and was murdered in 1651 at the age of around 70.

Çinili Hamam has a natural heating system. It’ s heated by a boiler in the middle of two domes using woods for heating. It s using approxiamately 1 tons per months in winter and vapour throwing away by the aim of chimneys called "tüfeklik". Çinili Hamam has many differences seperated from the others with its 370 domes. The holes at the bottom of the dome provides sun light getting into the Hamam. In hot days; the lanterns is demounted and provided air to get into the intern area.

Her complex has been divided by modern roads; the baths stand at the junction of Çavuşere Caddesi and Çinili Hamam Sokağı. Taxi drivers may better understand Bağlarbaşı. It’s a 5 minutes drive from the Üsküdar Iskelesi.

This is a double bath, with separate sections for men and women. There are separate sections for men and women and a fountain at the entrance. Each has two central domed areas, one for the central room and the other acting as a large vestibule for relaxing. The name Çinili (tiled) apparently comes from the quantitities of Iznik tile that decorate both the mosque and the men’s bath, though I have seen neither.

The vestibule has been extensively remade to include small changing rooms on two levels. These have their own charm, but any sense of a gracious space under the dome has been lost along with any original tile - an effect not greatly helped by a quanitity of new, bathroom looking tile, cheap plastic patio furniture, and a space heater. The last is an unfair complaint on a cold day; like most 17th century buildings, this isn’t equipped with central heating.

Around the main domed room are a series of small alcoves alternating with small chambers. These house the faucets and basins which bathers themselves control. These are elegant marble, possibly 17th century, and the rooms are high ceilinged with niches for one’s peştemels (special hamam towels) and other bathing equipment. One of these small chambers is now a sauna; it’s bare-bones but hot and the wood is fragrant. The hamam is very clean and provides plastic flipflops.

There is a usual array of bathing attire. There is a kese (scrub) and soap and massage service, which is administered by one of several employees. The habits of the bathers range from social to serious; some are there to take care of their nails and hair as well as their skin. Clipping and filing is a public activity, but shaving goes on as quietly as possible, usually in a corner. Having a complete wash, which means nudity, also was done discretely, and a clean peştemel or bathrobe donned afterward.

On arrival, guests are guided into their own lockable changing room and given a pestemal, slippers and individual soap.They are then led to the main area which has a large marble slab in the middle and small rooms off to the side with small basins. There is also a sauna available for guests' use.

SERVICES

Bubble Massage
Stroke(Kese)
Oil Massage for Women

Open each day of the week.The opening days are also including offical holidays and festivals. In case you are more than 20 people ,we are able to help you for discount.
In case you are more than 20 people ,we are able to help you for discount.

Timetable
For Men : 07:00 - 22:00
For Women : 08:00 - 19:30

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WEB SITE : Çinili Hamam

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E-Mail : info@fcinilihamam.com
Phone : +90 216 553 1593 / +90 216 334 9710

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Friday, May 5, 2017

VEZNECİLER HAMAMI since 1481

Vezneciler, Fatih - İstanbul Turkey

GPS : 41°00'41.0"N 28°57'40.5"E / 41.011389, 28.961250

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Historical Vezneciler Turkish Bath is located in the district of Fatih, on Bozdogan Kemeri Road. Ottoman Ruler Sultan Beyazid II had it built in the year 1481.

Being the first and only Bath built in the second floor, Vezneciler Turkish Bath is unique both in the world and Türkiye. The curative water that heals the illness of jaundice is one another feature of this bath.

This bath which hosted many important statesmen and pashas was renovated in 1950 by rebuilding the section of changing rooms out of reinforced concrete.

Although Evliya Celebi mentioned Vezneciler Bath being a "double bath" (seperate entrances for both sexes), this feature of the bath cannot be seen today. Vezneciler Turkish Bath is still in service today is a private property.

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WEB SITE : Historical Vezneciler Hamamı

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E-mail : info@veznecilehamami.com
Phone : +90 212 526 7458

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AYASOFYA HÜRREM SULTAN HAMAMI since 1557

Ayasofya, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'25.2"N 28°58'44.2"E / 41.007000, 28.978944

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Turkish bath between Hagia Sophia Museum and Blue Mosque in Istanbul was built by Mimar Sinan by order of Hürrem Sultan, wife of Süleyman the Magnificent, near Hagia Sophia in 16. century (1556 - 1557), at the location of historical Zeuksippos Baths that was destroyed in 532 year completely.

Hamam was repaired between 1957 - 1958 years and used as publicly owned carpet sales store until 2008.

Building is in shape of classical period Ottoman baths and is a kind of double bath with 75 m length. Women and men sections were built on the same axis in this bath for the first time, which was a new thing in Turkish Bath architecture.

Hagia Sophia Hürrem Sultan Bath which was commissioned in 2008 with build-operate-transfer model was restored according to original features by a huge investment. Hagia Sophia Hürrem Sultan Bath that preserved its unique structure for 450 years opened a new era in Turkish Bath architecture and has the title of being the first structure where women and men sections are on the same axis. Suüeyman the Magnificent had Mimar Sinan build the Turkish Bath in 1556 year.

Bath is showing differences from classical period Ottoman bath architecture with its double bath shape and 75 m. length. In Turkish bath where men coldness, warmness, hotness sections and women hotness, warmness and coldness sections follow each other; all domes are covered with lead. Restoration project of Hagia Sophia Hürrem Sultan Bath was carried out by Kocaeli University Faculty of Architecture, which is expert in historical building restoration.

No element of original bath architecture was sacrificed during the restoration process carried out with efforts of interdisciplinary teams consisting of academicians and professionals of their own fields, that lasted for months. Materials and technological systems that were used for the first time in Turkey were utilized for the works.

Bath Sections
Hagia Sophia Hürrem Sultan Bath, which is located between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum in the historical peninsula, the pearl of the world; spreads to an area of three decares with its bath, restaurant and cafe sections.

Opening - Closing Hours:
Summer Season : 07:00 - 00:00, Winter Season : 08:00 - 22:00

Coldness
In the coldness section there are VIP rooms, private rooms, 48 lockers, coiffeur, reception desk, massage rooms, resting area at terrace, vitamin bar and a boutique where products specially produced for Hagia Sophia Hurrem Sultan Bath are sold. In this place also known as undressing area, people can enjoy cheerful conversations or spend peaceful time under dome of 26 meters.

Warmness
It is the area where bath-glove services are offered after sweating in hotness section. In the same section there are toilets made of original Ottoman Stones and Stoke Hole section.

Hotness
This area is ideal for sweating and consists of navel stone, iwans and private rooms.  Temperature of private rooms that can be regarded as the steam rooms of today reach up to 50 degrees. For those guests who want to feel like the Magnificent or Hurrem, there is also bubble massage services in hotness section where sultan iwans are located.

Turkish bath tradition, representative of cleanness, healing, entertainment and social sharing for thousand years, has been reinterpreted at Hagia Sophia Hürrem Sultan Bath according to today’s understanding. This historical bath, which served sultans, is offering purifying power of water in a unique atmosphere covering both past and today for its visitors.

SERVICES
Prepare to be Born Again with Special Packages Worthy of Sultans.

Pir-i Pak (Full Cleaning Package) : Turkish Bath, traditional bath-glove application, relaxing bubble massage, head and neck massage, Ottoman sorbe

Zevk-i Sefa (Extravagant Pleasures)  : Bath, cleansing peeling application with redbud essence and humidifying body clay mask, aromatherapy massage in Sovereign or Sultan room with redbud essence oil, Ottoman sorbe.

Keyf-i Hamam (Pleasures of the Hamam) : Bath, traditional bath-glove and bubble application, aromatherapy massage in Sovereign or Sultan room with redbud essence oil, Ottoman sorbe.

Ab-ı Hayat (Elixir of life) : Bath, traditional bath-glove and bubble application in Sultan iwan, humidifying body clay mask with redbud essence, relaxing head and neck massage, fruits in palace bowl in sultan iwan. Aromatherapy massage in Sovereign or Sultan room with redbud essence oil. Turkish Delight, apricot, walnut, sorbe and tea.

Haseki Restoran & Cafe
Concept : Turkish Cuisine
Open Between : 08:00-22:00
Capacity : 450 People

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WEB SITE : Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı

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E-Mail : info@ayasofyahamami.com
Phone : +90 212 517 3535
Fax : +90 212 517 3536

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GALATASARAY HAMAMI since 1481

Galatasaray, Beyoğlu - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'58.2"N 28°58'47.7"E / 41.032833, 28.979917

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The Galatasaray Hamam was built by Bayezit II in 1481 with the Galatasaray Külliyesi (complex of buildings adjacent to a mosque). It is located in the Galatasaray neighborhood of the Beyoğlu district, at the junction of Turnacıbaşı and Çapanoğlu streets in Istanbul.

Galatasaray Hamam, is in the buildings of Galatasaray Mosque - (Külliye), It was originally built, together with the külliye itself during the region on Beyazıt II. The construction of Galatasaray Hamam stands on a mysterious story. When the Sultan Beyazıt was wandering around the land where today's Galatasaray Lycee and the Galatasaray Hamam stands on now; he sees a hut. This hut belongs to Gül Baba, a respected man of his time.

Sultan Beyazıt meets this man and asks him "Gül Baba - do you have any wishes?" and Gül Baba wishes the construction of a school to conquer over the centuries and a Külliye to have a hamam with a dome. Sultan Beyazıt accepts the wish and makes the külliye built in 1481. Gül Baba's grave is still in the Külliye and the Galatasaray Hamam has conquered over the centuries just like he has wished.

Although it has been said that the present Galatasaray Market was built during the reconstruction of Galatasaray Devshirme Recruits and the Palace School (Galatasaray İçoğlanları Kışlası) during the rule of Sultan Ahmet III,  some researchers have claimed that this is a baseless rumor. Instead, they support the argument that the Hamam was a part of Galatasaray Külliye.

The editor of the book "History of Galatasaray", Fethi Isfendiyaroğlu, states that the Galatasaray Hamam has served the students, during his education. Thus he says, as a student of Galatasaray Lycee "Before, during our times, there was hamam service every morning, the students were gathered in their dormitories every morning and taken to Galatasaray Hamam, next to the garden of the school. When the students were in the bath, the door of the hamam was closed and no other customers were let in.

One enteres the cold room (soğukluk) from the dressing room. There are rubbing places (keselik) consisting of seven basins. One enters the hot room (harare), which is covered by large domes, from the cold room. In the hot room there is a navel stone (göbek taşı).

On both sides of the door, there are two "halvets" (a very hot bathing cubicle in the bath) that are roofed by a dome. In addition, there are six sofas (a long room, onto which a number of rooms open) which contain more than 15 kurnas (a marble basin under a tap in a Turkish bath) of various sizes.

When it was restored in 1965, the dressing room was made of concrete blocks, a fountain was placed in the middle, a section of the hamam wall was covered with tile, and also a small women’s section was added. The Galatasaray Hamam has made it to our times through continuous maintenance and restoration. It has been consistently serving domestic and foreign visitors.

The Galatasaray Hamam, addressing the centuries, have served many pashas, Muslim judges ( kadi ), and grand viziers and have participated in the pure lifes of these people. Galatasaray Hamam, with the heritage of the past,  is also modern, both in the quality of its services and the hospitality of its staff.

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WEB SITE : Galatasaray Hamamı

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E-Mail : info@galatasarayhamami.com
Phone : +90 212 252 4242
Fax : +90 212 249 4342

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

GEDİKPAŞA HAMAMI since 1475

Gedikpaşa, Fatih - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'26.0"N 28°58'02.0"E / 41.007222, 28.967222

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Gedik Ahmetpaşa Hamamı most famous of Ottoman Empire built "Gedikpaşa Turkish Bath" in 1475. This Turkish Bath is a double bath which consists of men's and women's parts. Gedikpaşa Turkish Bath is one of the most important Ottoman architectural historical buildings in Istanbul. It s in the centre and 250 m away from Grand Bazaar.

Gedik Paşa Turkish Bath is open everyday from 06:00 ta 24:00 hours for male and female customers at the same time, in different sections. After paying the price ta the cashier section at the entrance, customers go to the changing cabins at the square section. After taking off clothes and locking the content in the cabin customers their peştemal (a kind of long towel used in Turkish Bath) and go to hot (Washing Section) of the Turkish Bath.

There is centre Stone (Göbek Taşı marbel platform) in the middle of this section and basins of the bath for washing surrounding the centre Stone and sauna at the opposite side of the centre Stone (Göbek Taşı) for a pealthy sweating.

Ceiling of the bath is covered with several small and big domes which were made in Horosan. Turkish Bath has a unique pool for people who want to take a dip. After sweating in the sauna, our masseur comes and gives you a message with you a message with coarsa bath glove for washing the body, on the centre Stone of the bath.

After the message, you can wash yourself and take the advantage o a dip pool. After cleaning, one of the employee comes and dries your body with towels. After that, you can have good time by drinking tea or other drinks.

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WEB SITE : Gedikpaşa Hamamı

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Phone : +90 212 517 8956 / +90 212 518 6033

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SÜLEYMANİYE HAMAMI since 1550

Süleymaniye, Fatih - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'57.2"N 28°57'56.4"E / 41.015889, 28.965667

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Süleymaniye Hamam is a historic Turkish bath in Istanbul, Turkey. The building, situated on a hill facing the Golden Horn, was built in 1550 by the famed Turkish architect Sinan and named for Süleyman the Magnificent. It is part of the Süleymaniye mosque complex. Sülemaniye Hamam is a traditional bathhouse consisting of three sections: cold, lukewarm and hot. The hamam is still operating today and caters mainly to tourists

HAMAM CULTURE

Süleymaniye Turkish Bath consists of three sections. These are as follows in sequence from the entry :

1- Cold section: This is a place where you can change your clothes with your bath towel and also you can drink something, if you wish.

2- Lukewarm section: This section is a place where you can adapt your body to temperature while passing to the hot section in a balanced manner and also you can drink something, if you wish.

3- Hot section: The temperature of this section is approximately 40° - 60° C (72° - 108° F) . If you have any problem with your health, please do not venture yourself. Please inform us about your health conditions. This section is the place where the guests sweep and relax and also where rubbing the body with bath glove, massage and bath takes place.

Since the bath culture may vary from country to country, please change your clothes with bath-towel provided by us in clothes changing cabinets shown by personnel on duty. Please lock the door of your cabinet and the key with you during bath for safety purpose. Our Turkish bath will not be responsible for the losses from unlocked cabinets.

Personnel on duty provides you with clog for usung on wet grounds after you locked the door of the cabinet and took  the key with you. Our guests who have never experienced clog before should be careful. Personnel on duty shows you toilets, lukewarm section after you locked the door of the cabinet and put the clog on and bring you to the hot section of the Turkish Bath.

Our guests sweep and relax in hot section (on central massage platform) for a period varying from 30 minutes to 55 minutes according to their health condition. After your relaxing, the Hamam attendant (masseur) will come and rub your body with bath-glove first and than make massage with soap and bath you in a separate place (halvet section).

After rubbing, massage and bath is completed, you can change your wet bath towel with the dry one in changing room or you may obtain assistance from the personnel on duty. After that, your bath process in Turkish Bath is completed. If you wish, you may continue to relax in lukewarm or cold section again.

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WEB SITE : Süleymaniye Hamamı

MORE INFO & CONTACT
E-Mail : info@suleymaniyehamami.com.tr
Phone : +90 212 519 5569 / +90 212 520 3410
Fax : +90 212 519 5570

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ÇEMBERLİTAŞ HAMAMI since 1584

Çemberlitaş, Fatih - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'30.8"N 28°58'18.0"E / 41.008556, 28.971667

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The Çemberlitaş Bath (Çemberlitaş Hamamı) is located on Çemberlitaş Square on Divanyolu Street situated in the midst of some of Istanbul’s greatest monuments. The bath was established by Nurbanu Sultan, wife of Sultan Selim II and mother of Sultan Murat III, for the purpose of bringing in revenue to support the Valide-i Atik Charity Complex in Toptaşı, Üsküdar. According to the Tuhfet’ül-mi’mârin, the bath is one of the structures built by the architect Sinan, in 1584.

The Çemberlitaş Hamam was planned as a double bath consisting of two identical, side-by-side facilities. The entrance for the men’s section is on Vezir Han Street and, because the road height has increased over time, it now has a deep entrance that is ten steps below street level. There are eaves over the entrance and on top of the entrance door there is an inscription with six lines in three columns.

In the past the entrance for the women’s section must have been from the Divanyolu Street adjacent to the tomb of Sultan Mahmut, but today women also use the men’s entrance and proceed to their own section through a side door. Part of the dressing room in the women’s section was lost when the Divanyolu street was widened in 1868.

The side that was cut off was closed with a wall that has rectangular windows on the bottom and star shaped ones at the top. The dressing room areas of the men and women’s sections are both roofed with large domes. There are three tiers of dressing rooms under these domes that were in the past both illuminated with windowed, dome- top cupolas called "roof lanterns".

Today only the lantern in the women’s section remains in its original state. The dome topped by this lantern rests on arches leaning on fine columns and is elegantly decorated. Today the men’s dressing room area, called the "cold area", is a quiet and restful area used as a resting and waiting place after the bath.

Each of the warm areas of the bath are  roofed by three domes. The toilets are reached from this area and have been built as extensions from the building proper. One enters the hot, bathing area from this transitional warm area through a wooden door in the area built under the middle dome. The plan of this hot area is unique as it does not entirely conform to traditional layouts for this bathing area. This can be explained with the fact that the architect Sinan both liked to innovate in his work, and also to the fact that Sinan was closely involved with the construction of the structure.

This space is shaped like a square on the outside, but the inner dimensions are in the shape of a circle formed of twelve columns, becoming a twelve-cornered polygon. The architect beautifully situated the domed, private bathing cubicles, the halvet, in the space made up of the four outer corners outside of the polygon.

Four antechambers are between the cubicle spaces. One enters the hot section by passing through these antechambers. The large dome covering the hot section is supported by high arches on top of columns with baklava shaped heads. The cubicles are separated from the main area by marble slab walls topped by tulip shapes. These dividers have inscriptions carved into each side. The private cubicles are entered through arched doorways at their front sides.

Couplets are inscribed on the front and the triangular shaped upper elements are covered with blossoms. The bath has 38 washing stalls. The multi-faceted central stone platform is directly beneath the wide dome. This broad heated platform is illuminated by the glass globe "elephant eyes" fitted into the overhead dome that catch the light from all directions.

This building dates to Sinan’s last period, one in which his long experience and great skill allowed him to combine functionality, elegance and tranquillity without abandoning his basic style that is devoid of overly decorated elements. For these reasons the architecture of his bath remains a focal point for Turkish and foreign researchers, universities, photographers, filmmakers, media professionals and students.

BATH SERVICES

At the entrance to the bath, the bather will select and pay for one of the bathing options and be given tokens and directions.

After undressing in the dressing room area the bather will wrap his or her body in the "peştemal," a printed cotton body wrap, before leaving the dressing room. After locking all belongings in the locker provided (remembering to keep the key on his or her person at all times), the bather passes into the hot area that includes the central heating stone platform. This area is called the "hot area" (sıcaklık alanı) and includes the large, hot stone which is surrounded by bathing basins (kurna) and private bathing cubicles (halvet).

The bather should first get his or her body to perspire, either by lying or sitting on the hot stone platform or pouring hot water on the body by sitting next to one of the basins. If you have chosen the second option, the attendant will give you an exfoliating scrub and massage as you lie on the hot platform. You will then move to one of the basins and the attendant will wash you there.

If you prefer, however, you may remain lying on the platform to further perspire and rest and then, when you please, you may move to one of the basins to wash the body. The scrub, massage, and wash by the attendant lasts for approximately fifteen minutes, while the typical bather will remain resting and washing for one to one and a half hours, but there is never a time limit.

If you chose the first option, you will perspire either on the hot platform or nearby areas and then wash yourself at one of the basins.

When you feel ready to leave the bath, you will be given towels to use for drying. When you first enter the bath you should use one "peştemal", but you may use more than one towel for drying.

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WEB SITE : Çemberlitaş Hamamı

MORE INFO & CONTACT
Phone : +90 212 522 7974 / +90 212 520 1850
Fax : +90 212 511 2535

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ETFAL (CHILDREN'S) HOSPITAL CLOCK TOWER

Şişli - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°03'28.1"N 28°59'22.3"E / 41.057805, 28.989540

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Etfal Hospital Clock Tower, or Children’s Hospital Clock Tower (Turkish: Etfal Hastanesi Saat Kulesi), is a clock tower situated in the garden of the Hamidiye Etfal Hospital (now Şişli Etfal Hospital) in the Şişli district of İstanbul, Turkey at the European side of Bosphorus.

It was built in the memory of Hatice Sultan, the daughter of Sultan Abdülhamid II, who died when she was just 8 months old.

It was ordered by the Ottoman sultan Abdülhamid II (reigned 1876-1909) in the 19th century and constructed by the architect Mehmet Şükrü Bey. The 20 m (66 ft) tall structure is made of red bricks, marble and fine Hereke stone.

On the front face, the tughra of Sultan Abdülhamid II is put on. This clock tower was built in 1907, and is notable for also functioning as a minaret and a prayer room. It was restored in 2011, though its clock does not actually work.

The clock tower drawings were done by Raimondo D’Aronco. The Italian architect's original design was slightly modified and the clock tower was built in 1899 under the supervision of Mahmut Şükrü Bey. A porcelain clock with Roman as well as Arabic numbers was placed on top.

The clock tower, severely damaged due to wear and tear over the years was recently reconstructed with the assistance of Istanbul’s local Municipality.

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NUSRETIYE CLOCK TOWER

Tophane, Beyoğlu - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'39.5"N 28°58'59.8"E / 41.027637, 28.983275

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Nusretiye Clock Tower is first clock tower of İstanbul. Nusretiye Clock Tower located in Tophane on Meclisi Mebusan Street in Tophane, a neighborhood in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul next to the Nusretiye Mosque and Tophane Kiosk at the European waterfront of Bosphorus. The old clock tower is located in the garden of the Istanbul Modern museum in the city’s Tophane district.

It was ordered by the Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid I (1823-1861), and constructed by the renowned architect Garabet Amira Balyan in 1848. The clock tower was possibly made during the construction of the Nusretiye Mosque.

Designed in neo-classical style, the four-sided, three-story clock tower is 15 m (49 feet) high. A tughra of Sultan Abdülmecid I is put on above the entrance. The original clock and the clock face are in a state of disrepair.

The clock tower along with Nusretiye Mosque and the Tophane Kiosk survived urban renewal and highway construction program mid 1950s. However, it remained within the customs warehouse area of Istanbul Port, cut off from the public access today.

Designed in the neo-classical style, the four-sided, three-story Zenith-made clock tower is 15 meters high and above the entrance the monogram of Sultan Abdülmecid can be see non above the entrance.

There were clocks on four sides of the tower in the past, but they don’t exist now; only their dials remain. The clocks might have been stolen at some point. Having now fallen into a state of disrepair the original clock and clock face have not survived, and are still awaiting replacements.

The Nusretiye Clock Tower, the oldest surviving structure of its kind in Istanbul, will be restored with support from the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.

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YILDIZ CLOCK TOWER

Yıldız Park, Beşiktaş - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'58.5"N 29°00'35.1"E
41.049583, 29.009750

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Yıldız Clock Tower (Turkish: Yıldız Saat Kulesi), is a clock tower situated in the garden of the Yıldız Hamidiye Mosque, in Yıldız neighborhood of Beşiktaş district in Istanbul, Turkey at the European side of Bosphorus. It is in the southwest corner of Yıldız Mosque’s yard.

History
The tower was ordered by the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II (1842-1918) in 1889-1890 in the garden of the Yıldız Hamidiye Mosque, and the construction completed in 1890.

Structure
The three-story structure in Ottoman and neo-gothic style has an octagonal plan. Outside the first floor, there are four inscriptions, the second floor contains a thermometer and a barometer, and the top floor is the clock room. The clock was repaired in 1993. A top the decorative roof, a compass rose is found.

The tower is 20 meters in height, and three stories high, with a weather vane at the top. Those who dare scale the three staircases that lead all the way to the top of this old clock tower are rewarded for their efforts by seeing the clock room and the incredible setting mechanism here.

On the outside of the structure, there are both a barometer and a thermometer, with signs in old Turkish indicating the state of wind and rain and such.

It was built in 1890 and has been taking attention with its synthesis of orientalist and neo-gothic design. The three storied tower was ascending on a square plan with broken corners, and is covered with a sharp and slivered dome. In the covering part, there are slivered and arched roof windows.

The clock was repaired in 1993.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

KIZ KULESİ LIGHTHOUSE

Kızkulesi Island, Üsküdar - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'16.8"N 29°00'14.8"E / 41.021324, 29.004108

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Location : On small island at the end of the Bosphorus. Located on a an islet 200 m (220 yd) off the Asiatic shore at the southern entrance to the Bosphorus. The Maiden's Tower is a tower located on a stone pile, at the intersection point of Asia and Europe. It is one of the unique structures throughout the world, between two continents.

Construction Date : 01.01.1857. It was restored most recently in 2000.

Focal Plane : 11 m ( 36 ft )
Tower Height : 23 m ( 75 ft )

Building : Octagonal cylindrical concrete tower with 8 ribs, a domed copula, lantern, and gallery, topped by a tall flagstaff. Entire lighthouse is white. Flash every 3 second, red or white depending on direction mounted on a 9 m ( 30 ft ) square pyramidal concrete tower painted white with a narrow red horizontal band.

Character : W. R. FI. 3.0 Second.
Flashing Character : 0.3 + 0.7 ()
Visibility Range : W: 14 R: 11 nautical miles

Illuminate Type : AGA 375 mm
Lighthouse System : Flash
Flasher Type : AGA
Electric Lamp : 500 W
Bulb Type : 220 V
Energy : Electric

Current Use
This tower, remembered with stories throughout centuries, opened its doors to public 2500 years later, after the restoration carried out. Several poems have been written, several works of art have been painted, and thousands of photographs taken for this tower which is a symbol of loneliness, love, remoteness, and several other things. Come and take a look at those small windows to meet the enchanting atmosphere of the Maiden's Tower, which is 2500 years old, yet, young at any age, and to listen to its real story.

It is now open as a museum, restaurant and cafe. Boat transportation is available from Salacak and Kabataş to Kızkulesi. A cafeteria will serve at the Maiden's Tower between 12:00 - 19:00 and it will be open for local and foreign tourists excluding Mondays. Daily menus and the cafe menus will be available.

The Maiden's Tower serves with its special menu to the people of Istanbul, domestic and foreign tourists with reservation. On Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, a Group formed especially for the Maiden's Tower adds colour to the evenings of the Maiden's Tower, with unique and quality music ranging from the Roman, Byzantium, and Ottoman eras, to the Republican period and to the present times. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings, you can have your dinner listening to the fun songs selected by our DJ. In the bar at the Panorama Floor, you can watch a 360° view of Istanbul, and have your drink listening to romantic music.

History
This building has a long and complicated history. The first structure known to have been built here was a fortress built by the Athenian general Alcibiades in 408 BC. Another fortress was built by the Byzantine emperor Alexius Comnenus in 1110 AD. However, the present form of the tower results from a reconstruction by the Ottoman emperor Sultan Mustafa III in 1763. The tower was used as a lighthouse for many centuries under all its owners. It has been the subject of several romantic legends, leading to its name as the Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi in Turkish). The oldest legend is the classic Greek tale of Leander and Hero, who supposedly met at this spot.

The architectural structure of the Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi) dates back to 341 BC. This cape, which was an extension of the Bosphorus straits at the time (there are rumors that it was a peninsula before) used to be called "vus". At this date, after being a mausoleum built on marble columns for the wife of Commander Chares, a chain was pulled from its location at Sarayburnu to the island where the tower was located, in 410 BC, to make it a customs area controlling the entries and exits of the Bosphorus strait.

At 1110 AD, the first apparent structure (tower) was built by the Emperor Manuel Comnenos. This structure, which was built as a defence tower, was named Arcla, meaning "Small Tower". Although there is no clear information about this structure, it is believed to be close to its current dimensions. The tower, which was used for defence purposes during the conquest of Istanbul, was used for very different purposes after 1453.

During the Ottoman period, it was used rather as a show platform, than a defence team and the Mehteran team cited the nevbet (a national anthem) accompanied by the canons placed on the island. The structure, which was damaged during the earthquake of 1509, was rebuilt later. Furthermore, it acted as a lighthouse with the lights that were added. The structure that was built then included a tower and a castle, and a cistern was built in it.

The tower that burnt down with the fire from the light, in 1719, was repaired again in 1725 by the Head Architect of the city, Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Paşa. The tower section was changed a little, and a glass chalet was added to the top, and a lead dome was placed on it, and the building was built with wood. It was converted into a quarantine hospital in order for the cholera epidemic not to spread to the city in 1830.

It was started to be used as a defence castle again with the decline of the Ottoman Empire, and it is equipped with canons. The epigraph bearing the signature of Sultan Mahmut the Second was placed on the marble above the gate, with the handwriting of the famous calligrapher Rakım. In 1857, a light is added again, and in 1920, an automatic system is introduced as the light of the lighthouse. It is thought of transferring this building to private sector as of 1992.

Legends
As the Maiden's Tower was remote and inaccessible, people did not have much information about what was lived in it, and they sufficed with telling interesting stories about the inside, and imagining. The first story about the Maiden's Tower was a love story told by Ovidius. This story, relating to the sad love of Hero and Leandros, begins with Hero leaving the tower. Hero is one of the holy women of Aphrodite, and love is banned for her.

She leaves the tower years later to attend a ceremony to be held at the Aphrodite temple, and there she meets Leandros. These two youngsters in love with each other, bless their love with Leandros visiting the tower at nights. The Maiden's Tower witnesses the devotion and the forbidden love of these two young people every night.

On a stormy night when Leandros was swimming to the tower, the love light that Hero burnt was put out. Leandros losing his way in the darkens is buried in the waters of the Bosphorus. Hero, seeing that her lover dies, lets herself in the arms of the waters as well. Other than this story on lovers that cannot meet, there is a snake story, similar to the Cleopatra's end. According to a prophecy, a king is to lose her beloved daughter at the age of eighteen, with a snakebite.

Therefore, the king has this tower in the middle of the sea repaired, and places his daughter here. Proving that the fate cannot be escaped, a snake emerging from a grape basket sent to the tower, empties its poison to the princess. The king has an iron vault prepared for his daughter and places it above the gate of Hagia Sophia.

The last story is from the Ottoman times. It is the story about Battal Gazi raiding the Maiden Tower with his soldiers and taking away the hidden treasures and the daughter of Üsküdar Tekfur (Governor). Battal Gazi took the daughter of the Tekfur and the treasury, and rode away from Üsküdar, on his horse. The expression "Atı alan Üsküdar'ı geçti" (He who took the horse is already past Üsküdar) is a reflection of this story.

Another aspect of this story coming to the present is about the name of this tower. In reference also to the princesses in other legends, Turks named this tower Kız Kulesi (the maiden's tower). The tower, which was called as Arkla (small castle) in the Antiquity and Damialis (calf), was also famous with the name Tour Leandros. Currently it is "Kızkulesi" (the Maiden's Tower), and known with this name.

DAYTIME SERVICES

CAFETERIA MENU
Served Between 08:00 - 12:00, Assorted Breakfast
Served Between 12:30 - 17:30, Salads, Sandwich, Pastas, Main Cources, Desserts, Drinks

GROUPS
Day Time Banquet Menu, Day Time Banquet Soft And Alcoholic Drinks

EVENING SERVICES
Dinner, Kulebar, Special Packages, Ala Carte Menu, Hot Starters, Side Salads, Main Courses, Dessert, Drinks, Fix Menu

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WEB SITE : Maiden's Tower Restaurant

MORE INFO & CONTACT
E-Mail : reservation@kizkulesi.com.tr
Phone : +90 216 342 4747
Fax : +90 216 495 2885

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