My First Day in Istanbul – All Cleaned Up and Ready to Go!

My first time experiencing a Turkish Bath or Hammam –  what a beautiful experience!

The invention of the Roman Thermae or hot baths are where many of our modern bathing traditions as well as the Hammam or Turkish steam bath find their origins. The Hammam is among the oldest surviving bathing tradition in the world. Its popularity has not faded over time. On the contrary. This ancient steam bath ritual has gained enthusiastic fans in every corner of the world.


Today I visited the Historic Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı

Commissioned to the great architect Sinan by the famous Ottoman Admiral Kılıç Ali Paşa as part of the mosque and school complex, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı was constructed in between 1578-1583 to serve the levends (marine forces in the Ottoman navy). Famous for its architectural lines and majestic dome, the Hamam is one of the symbolic buildings in Tophane, Istanbul’s harbor district.




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