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Suleymaniye Hamam TM

(Sinan the Architect - Since 1550)
Our Suleymaniye Hamam was designed and built between 1550 and 1557 by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan who designed over four hundred buildings during his lifetime, the hamam being one of his most famous works. Sinan was also the architect of, another famous Istanbul landmark, the Sulaymaniye Mosque. The hamam is over 471 years old and was a regular stop for the Ottoman Sultan Suleyman, and many sultans after him, where they had designated quarters. Historical Suleymaniye Hamam® / Turkish Bath has no other branches nor affiliated with any other Hamam .
Hamam Instructions
Hamam Experience in Three Steps

The hamam experience in four steps

  1. You may take off your clothes, jewelry (wrist, watch, earrings, necklace etc.) and place them in your private locked dressing room. We provide women a bikini, shorts and men a bath towel, shorts (Peştemal). The key to your private dressing room will remain on your wrist at all time while you enjoy your Hamam experience.Please be aware that our Hamam caters exclusively to couples and serves both male and female clients simultaneously.
  2. You will start your hamam journey in the hot room. This is a necessary first step. In the hot room, you will lie down on a warm marble slab in the center ( Göbektasi ) for 30 minutes. This will allow your body to relax, sweat and release many toxins. The hot room is kept at a temperature ranging between 38 and 40 degrees Celsius. And 65 % - 72 % humidity.  There maybe few other people , in center area for sweating on or around ( Göbek tasi ) waiting their turn for service. This is very important for best experience for scrubbing. n If you feel overheated, please simply douse yourself with cold or warm water from the sinks around you . Feel free to use water for your relaxation as much as you can. You may also , Go out from hot room to next cooler room until you feel better and come back to hot room again. Please be aware of your own health; If you have any health conditions that might be aggravated by heat, kindly inform us before entering the hamam.
  3. In the third step after your time on the marble slab, our specialized staff will call you by your hotel name and give you a full body exfoliation (peeling) followed by a soap massage and a whole body washing. Please note that all of the masseurs at the Suleymaniye Hamam are male.
  4. Finally, after you have been thoroughly washed and your towels have been changed, you will move on to the cooling room where you can rest and relax. Order and enjoy your free drinks here. After the the drinks, you may go back to your cabin to get dressed.
Useful Information:

Duration & Services

  • The entire hamam experience will last 90 minutes .
  • 30 minute hot room resting session
  • 30 minute personal masseur service : full body peeling, soap washing and soap massage.
  • A lockable private changing room.
  • Wrap Towel (Peshtamal) and shorts for men
  • Bra, shorts and towel (Pestemal) for women
  • Wooden hamam slippers (Takunya)
  • Wrap and dry towels
  • Enjoy your free drinks.

How To Reservation?

  • We recommend booking at least two / three days before the visit. 
  • Reservation can be done only online on our website .
  • Reservations are only considered valid if you have received a confirmation email .
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Your service begins at the time scheduled. 

Payment

Payment is  cash only  ( no credit cards ). You can pay in Turkish Liras, Euros or Dollars.

How To Tip?

Tips for your masseurs are customary (usually 5-10%). The tip box is at the reception.

Hamam Clothes

We provide women a bikini, shorts and men a towel, shorts (Peştemal). If you want, you can also bring your swimming suits and slippers (for wet floor).

Accesory

Please don`t wear any rings, watch, earrings, necklace etc. during the bath.

Mobile Phone

Please turn off the sound of your mobile phone and don`t take it to the treatment room.

Health

Consider your health responsibly and do not use the bath if the heat will make you feel worse. In case of health problems or injury, please contact reception immediately.

Disabled

There is no ramp or service rooms suitable for disabled access.

Gift Certificates

We do not sell gift cards/certificates for hamam use.

Any Discount?

Due to the limited availability and space, there is no discount for groups.

Pregnant

We do not recommend admission to those who are more than two months pregnant .

Children Minimum Age 16+

Suleymaniye Hamam is a space for adults. Children must be at least 16 years old and accompanied by an adult.

Lost Items

We are not responsible for left unattended or forgotten items, but we keep forgotten items for a month.

Branch

Historical Suleymaniye Hamam® / Turkish Bath has no other branches nor affiliated with any other Hamam .

Be Aware / Attention

  • The floor of the bath area may be slippery, please be careful.
  • No smoking and no alcohol at Hamam.
  • There can be other guests in other areas of the hamam, so please don`t speak loudly.
Cancellation Policy
24 Hour Cancellation Policy

We kindly request that you provide us with at least 24 hours notice by email ( info@suleymaniyehamami.com.tr ) if you need to modify or cancel your appointment. 

- We do not accept cancellation or rescheduling over the phone.

Reminders

As a courtesy, we will send you reminder emails.

Rejection

- Any fraudulent or suspicious activity and wrong information provided while making reservation.

- If you do not come to your appointment without notice, the system will reject repeating reservation requests automatically.

- Appointments of people who request a reservation but do not respond to our pre-approval or reminder emails are canceled by the system. The system does not allow new and repeated reservation requests for 15 days.

History of Suleymaniye Hamam TM

(Sinan the Architect - Since 1550)
Suleymaniye Turkish Bath 1557 Suleiman the magnificent had this bath built in 1557. Being a part of great Kulliye of Suleymaniye, the architect of this bath is Mimar Sinan. There is a private lodge that belongs to Suleiman the Magnificent in this work which Mimar Sinan himself called it a work that belongs to his " assistant architect period. It is known also as Dokmeci Turkish Bath since it was located near the foundry (dökmeci) ateliers during the Ottoman period. Rumour has it that there was a " bowl of icterus " which was lost after being used for ages. According to belief, those who get washed with this bowl were cured. Suleymaniye Turkish Bath is one of the nicest baths of Istanbul with its domes and geometrically aligned chimneys. There are eight marble coloms surrounding the central massage stone. The bath that was closed in 1924 was renovated and recommenced serving in the year 2004.

Sinan The Architect

(1490 - 1588)
Mimar Sinan (Ottoman Turkish: معمار سينان‎, romanized: Mi`mâr Sinân, Turkish: Mimar Sinan, pronounced [miːˈmaːɾ siˈnan]) (c. 1488/1490 – July 17, 1588) also known as Koca Mi`mâr Sinân Âğâ, ("Sinan Agha the Grand Architect" or "Grand Sinan") was the chief Ottoman architect (Turkish: mimar) and civil engineer for sultans Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III. He was responsible for the construction of more than 300 major structures and other more modest projects, such as schools. His apprentices would later design the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul and Stari Most in Mostar.
The son of a stonemason, he received a technical education and became a military engineer. He rose rapidly through the ranks to become first an officer and finally a Janissary commander, with the honorific title of Sinan. He refined his architectural and engineering skills while on campaign with the Janissaries, becoming expert at constructing fortifications of all kinds, as well as military infrastructure projects, such as roads, bridges and aqueducts. At about the age of fifty, he was appointed as chief royal architect, applying the technical skills he had acquired in the army to the "creation of fine religious buildings" and civic structures of all kinds. He remained in this post for almost fifty years. 
Works
His training as an army engineer gave Sinan an empirical approach to architecture rather than a theoretical one. But the same can be said of the great Western Renaissance architects, such as Brunelleschi and Michelangelo.
Various sources state that Sinan was the architect of at least 374 structures which included 92 mosques; 52 small mosques (mescit); 55 schools of theology (medrese); 7 schools for Koran reciters (darülkurra); 20 mausoleums (türbe); 17 public kitchens (imaret); 3 hospitals (darüşşifa); 6 aqueducts; 10 bridges; 20 caravanserais; 36 palaces and mansions; 8 vaults; and 48 baths. Sinan held the position of chief architect of the palace, which meant being the overseer of all construction work of the Ottoman Empire, for nearly 50 years, working with a large team of assistants consisting of architects and master builders.
The development and maturing stages of Sinan`s career can be illustrated by three major works. The first two of these are in Istanbul: the Şehzade Mosque, which he calls a work of his apprenticeship period and the Süleymaniye Mosque, which is the work of his qualification stage. The Selimiye Mosque in Edirne is the product of his master stage.