Historical Cagaloglu Bath - Istanbul, Turkey
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun
N 41° 00.635 E 028° 58.522
35T E 666109 N 4541810
Quick Description: Historical Cagaloglu Bath in Istanbul
Location: Turkey
Date Posted: 4/7/2013 2:10:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMGT8C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
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Long Description:
"This historical bath located in the Cagaloglu neighborhood near the Underground Cistern. A plan for the bath was designed by Süleyman Aga, one of the palace architechs, by order of Sultan Mahmut I in order to provide revenue for both his library and the Ayasofya Mosque (Hagia Sophia). It was then built by Abdullah Aga in 1741.

Before its construction, the palace built by Nevsehirli Damat Ibrahim Pasa stood on its location. The palace was destroyed by a fire in 1740, and the Cagaloglu Bath was erected on its site. Essentially, the bath consists of two sections, a men’s section and ladies’ section. The entrance door of the ladies’ section is located on a side street called Hamam Street, and the men’s section is found on the main road .

Several architectural innovations are found in the bath’s design which draws the attention of its visitors who have never seen a combination of Baroque and Classical Ottoman style architecture. It is also the last of the great hamams built in the city during the Ottoman era.

The Camekan of Cagaoglu Hamam, a court surrounded by small individual changing rooms, is covered by a wide dome. There are changing rooms which surround the Camekan which are built on consolidated beams. In the middle of the Hamam, there is a wide pool that is made of a massive marble block, and in the middle of the pool, there is a splendid fountain. The wide dome in the lukewarm section (iliklik) is raised upon four marble columns and seven cradle-shaped domes that form the roof of the structure which extends from the lukewarm section into the harare (hot section). The hot section, raised upon eight embroidered columns, is covered by a wide dome that dazzles with its grandeur.

The Cagaloglu Hamam has been in service for two hundred seventy-six years. Today, it is still in operation, and the vast majority of its visitors are foreign tourists."

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This is primarily a: Hammam/Turkish/Roman Bath

Street Address:
Cagaloglu Hamami
Cagaloglu 34110
Istanbul, Turkey

Walk in/Day use permitted?: yes

Least Expensive Adult Entry Fee: 79 TL

"Textile free"?: Not permitted

Telephone Number: +90 212 522 24 24

Web Site: [Web Link]

Towels Provided?: yes

Hottest water temperature (specify °C or °F): 40 - 60 °C

Opening Hours:
MEN: 8am to 10pm LADIES 8am to 8pm

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