Istanbul's steamy hammams

A hammam near Cemberlitas, in Istanbul.
A hammam near Cemberlitas, in Istanbul.

After a hard day's sightseeing around this majestic city, what better way is there to wind down than having your flesh scraped, kneaded and thumped by a half-naked stranger?

Hammams were originally intended to purify the body and soul in accordance with Islamic traditions, which dictate you must cleanse the body before praying.

Visit a hammam in the area of Cemberlitas Hamami, Cagaloglu Hamami, and Galatasaray Hamami, as these are the most tourist friendly and you will probably be able to find someone who speaks English.


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