Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı
A beautiful work of the famous Ottoman architect Sinan, this Turkish bath complex was built together with the beautiful mosque right next to it in the 16th century.
The person who commissioned the mosque and bath complex was the famous Ottoman Admiral Kılıç Ali Paşa. The hamam (Turkish bath) was constructed between 1578-1583 to serve the marine forces in the Ottoman navy.
Having been renovated and now run by a private holder, the hamam is one of the best in the city. Luxurious, yet reasonably priced hamam is where you can get a five star treatment in a historical setting.
The hamam ritual usually takes about 90 minutes.
First the guest is welcomed at the premises and is given a locker within a changing room. Once ready, she or he is taken to the warm room and rests in the heat on the belly stone for about fifteen minutes until she or he is scrubbed and all the dead skin comes out. Following the scrubbing ritual, the guest is given a foam bath where the hair is washed as well. Then comes the resting time with fruit juice or herbal tea. It is a rejuvenating and relaxing experience.
Note: This hamam serves ladies until 4pm and gentleman after 4pm.
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