I have fond, fond memories of the Haseki Hürrem Sultan Hamami, not least because I actually availed myself of its services. The structure was initially erected in the 1550s and was designed by the Ottoman’s most famous architect, Mimar Sinan. As hamam were an essential part of the civil infrastructure of Ottoman cities, this particular building was also designed and constructed with an eye to the earthly needs of the sacred community of scholars that had sprung up around the Hagia Sophia mosque. It contains the same series of small domes that are characteristic of any Ottoman hamam, as well as a larger one that tops the sharply geometric main hall, in which patrons would relax and chat with tea after their baths. In 2007, the Sultan Hürret Hamami was assigned to the Haseki Group, which spent $11 million to renovate and rejuvenate the facilities. It took three years, and today the hamam is once again used for its original purpose, albeit in a slightly different manner than the rest of the city’s hamams. The interior continues to make use of the original plan of services, with a central, massive room in which patrons are massaged, soaped and exfoliated on top of a heated stone by the attendants, and then washed off at fountains that line main room. In the reception area, however, there are modern massage tables, and the hamam offers packages for aromatherapy and other modern spa services, combining the best of traditional and contemporary luxury. It’s not cheap, but definitely worth the expense!
Luxurious Turkish Bath built by a Sultan's wife for the ladies of the harem. Now a state owned Carpet store. Unlike the other carpet stores this one you can browse without being hassled.