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Traditional Turkish Bath

Turkish culture guides. Hamam, traditional Turkish bath

Experience a traditional Turkish bath while visiting Turkey!

What is traditional Turkish bath, hamam?

Turkish bath, Türk hamamı, is a public bath that has been used since the Roman times. During the Ottoman period, they were either part of a külliye (a complex of buildings adjacent to a mosque) or a separate building that was run for mosques and charitable foundations. Turkish bath was not only a public bath, but it also had a socializing function. Especially women went to the hamam with their relatives or neighbours to chat, eat, drink, sing and dance, even find a girl to marry their sons. In addition to socializing, there were also traditional occasions done in the hamam such as kına gecesi (henna night) before the wedding.

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Parts of Turkish Bath

  • Göbek taşı Heated marble slab to lie on for sweating
  • Halvet Partially enclosed bathing cubicle
  • Kese Bath glove made of coarse cloth for rubbing the skin
  • Kurna Marble basin under a faucet
  • Kurna başı Open parts that the customers take bath alone
  • Peştamal Loincloth worn in the hamam
  • Takunya Clog
  • Tas Metal bowl, vessel used for washing up
  • Tellak Rubber, attendant who messages and bathes the customer

Today, even if the hamam seems to lose its popularity, it is still a favourable place as part of the city culture as well as for traditional people.

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