Monday, October 26, 2009

Cagaloglu Hamami

Saturday evening after all that walking
it was great to go to a Turkish bath
- headed to Cagaloglu hamami in Sultanahmet
- built by Sultan Mahmut I in 1741

Entrance to the bath
Entrance hall & the changing cabins for men
There are different sections for men & women
Bath consists of 3 parts:
- the main room with a marble plinth in the middle,
where the washing & massage take place
- space between the bathing area & chaniging room,
where dry towels are given when exiting the bath
- peaceful internal courtyard with changing cubicles
- in the women's section it wasn't a place to stay for a drink
There was a nice & small open-air courtyard,
which was called a meeting point
for waiting others and to have a drink
- very nice service!
It's advisable to have one's own washing equipment,
which can also be bought at the small shop of the bath
- bought it already earlier on that day

Some tips:
- no swimming suit is allowed,
better have strings on to avoid being totally naked
- good to have a bottle of water as the heat makes thursty
- have a washing cloth made of silk,
because it's soft enough,
the scrub & massage is quite rough
Different types of packages to choose from
- just the entrance
- washing
- washing with scrubing
- washing with scrubing & massage
- some kind of luxury package with a longer massage
Had washing with scrubing & massage
- also hair was washed!
Basically don't have to know any of the bathing rituals
- one is well guided and shown
where to sit and where to lay down
Interesting & relaxing experience
It's said to be the most beautiful hamam in Istanbul
- espected to see those beautiful blue Iznik tiles,
instead everything was made of grey marble
Cagaloglu Hamami
Prof Kazim Ismail Gürkan Cad 34

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