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Çemberlitaş Hamamı

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Historical Turkish Bath Experience

1. Historical Turkish Bath Experience

Located in the heart of the historical peninsula, at a walking distance from Grand Bazaar and serving since 1584, the historical Çemberlitaş Hamam is waiting for you! If you are searching for the best place for a Turkish bath in Istanbul, this is the best place for you. Going to the Turkish bath and witnessing the Turkish bath experience is one of the essential things to do in Istanbul. Take a break from the Istanbul day tours and all the Istanbul sightseeing places and relax in Cemberlitas Hamam. The Turkish Bath is a traditional type of public bathing which is essentially based on the ancient Roman bathing culture and the principles of the steam bath. Combining this with the traditional Turkish bath massage (“Turkish scrub”), it became an integral part of Turkish culture as well as an important part of social life. After sweating, the person in charge of scrubbing and foaming will scrub all the dead skin from your body. Do not worry, it does not hurt. You will be surprised how much dead skin will come off your body. After foaming, you can relax as long as you want in the Hammam. Your body will begin to breathe in each cell and your blood circulation accelerates. Do not miss this experience! Learn more about the ancient bathing ritual of the Ottoman Sultans while relaxing. 

Çemberli Taş Traditional Turkish Bath

2. Çemberli Taş Traditional Turkish Bath

The Çemberlitas Bath, built in 1584, is located on Divanyolu Street and surrounded Istanbul’s historic monuments. At the beginning of your 2-hour visit an attendant will show you to a dressing cubicle on the first floor, and provide sandals and a peştemal – a colorful checked cloth to be tied around the waist. There are many services available. With the self-service option, you bathe yourself, bringing your own soap, shampoo and towel. The traditional bath option includes a 15-minute massage and the soap, shampoo and towel are provided. Other choices include gobektasi, or stone sweating; scrubbing, bubbles and sultan’s bath; aromatherapy oil massage; Indian massage; and clay mask.

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What people are saying about Çemberlitaş Hamamı

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 170 reviews

It was incredibly relaxing and the fact that you get to be in such an old place alone with your thoughts was pretty amazing. My favourite part was the soap bath and massage (it felt like they were pouring clouds on your body). If you are not comfortable with being naked (except for a bikini) when they massage you, it is probably not for you. Also, it lasts for less than 1.5 hour, more like an hour (I bought the full package including the massage oil and I was instructed after the shower to get changed - not to stay in the marble stone as much as I wished). The location was great and the place is easy to find either by walking towards it or catching the tram and walking a bit.

What to say: you cannot visit Istanbul and not go to be pampered in a Turkish bath. Very nice environment, very clean, quiet, relaxing. They provided us with a personal kit which included disposable briefs, soap and a massage glove; we then went to the women's section of the facility where we undressed. We then entered the magic of the hamman, where 2 wonderful women welcomed us who massaged us for an infinite time and even washed our hair .... a delight! We were then able to use the facility freely. My daughter and I took advantage of it and relaxed for a nice hour.

This was the quintessential, old-fashion Turkish soaping, scrubbing and rinsing. A smiling lady who spoke no English was my attendant. I wore a cloth around me to enter the large room where other women were already being treated. All naked except for their paper thongs. Don’t think I would feel comfortable doing this with a friend I didn’t know well. But I enjoyed the experience and got over being totally exposed rather quickly. If you are in Istanbul, I say-Go For It!

Definitely if you go to Turkey and do not do this activity it is as if you had not gone, you have to arrive with an open mind, it is a kind, loving treatment, in the end it is like a very pampering experience for your body

It was a wonderful experience. I expected it to be awkward, but it is not. It is very comfortable and very relaxing. 10/10 would recommend.