The Haseki Hürrem Sultan Hamamı
The Haseki Hurrem Sultan Hamam or Ayasofya Haseki Hamamı Is an historical bathhouse from the 16th century. Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I commisioned the bathhouse to be built and it was built under the supervision of Mimar Sinan in Istanbul.
The bathhouse is in the original design of all Ottoman bathhouses. There is a completely separate side with different doors leading into the men’s and the women’s sections. The men’s section is arranged with a changing room that you enter first, then cooler room and finally the hot room where you can relax in the hot tubs. The women’s area begins with the hot room, cool room, and the changing room. This provides for the most efficient use of hot water.
Over the years the bathhouse fell into disarray and finally was closed. For many years it housed a carpet shop. The bathhouse has been fully renovated from 2008-2011, keeping the original beauty and system of the Ottoman bathhouse. This newly renovated hamam offers both basic and deluxe baths. The facilities are beautiful, efficient, and immaculately clean. Full-body clay masks and massages are both offered.
The Hamam is open daily from 8 am till 10 pm.
The Mihri Restaurant
The Mihri Restaurant is located inside the Hurrem Sultan Hamam and is a full service Turkish Restaurant. The food is excellent and the service is amazing. The restaurant is open daily from 10 am till 7 pm. The Mihri is the perfect place for lunch or dinner, after your visit to the bathhouse.
While in Istanbul, Turkey, a visit to the Haseki Hurrem Sultan Hamam is a wonderful gift to yourself. Take time to experience a luxurious hot bath, followed by a full massage. Then finish the day having a spectacular dinner at the Mihri Restaurant. What an amazing end to a perfect day.
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