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Hamams in Ankara

Turkish Hamams have an important place both in Turkish history and in the daily life of Turks. Hamams built throughout the country are of architectural and historical value today. They have attracted the attention of passengers visiting Anatolia since the Ottoman period and have been a source of inspiration to artists whose masterworks are still exhibited in famous museums abroad. Hamams have separate rooms for men and women. Hamams are not only used for bathing but also play a role in various Turkish rituals. During the Ottoman period the women would eye the young girls in the Hamam, looking for bride candidates for their sons. Although this is no longer in case, Hamams still offer a welcome respite from the stresses of everyday life.

Going to a Hamam is a great experience and a superb introduction into a traditional Turkish custom.. Who knows maybe you'll drift off into dreamland and as in “Tales of 1001 Nights” you'll hear clog rattles and be swept away to the Ottoman princesses' world. Well, what are you waiting for? Come along and experience the pleasure of the Hamam!!!

Do not forget to take a change of underwear, your own soap and shampoo, deodorant and body lotion. You can have massage or scrubbing with a kese (the glove) by lying down on the göbektaşı. Many Hamams provide you with peştemal, and nalın, which are very traditional. Relax and enjoy!

Here are a few addresses, which you will also find listed in our Yellow Pages.

Bahçelievler Hamamı
This Hamam is located in the basement of a building at Bahçelievler and has 23 dressing rooms. Open everyday from 07:00 to 20.00 and serves women only between 07:00 to 17.00 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday; after these times it is open to men.

Karacabey Hamamı
Karacabey Hamam was built in 1444 in memory of Karacabey, the commander of Sultan Murat II. It was previously restored between 1988-1990 without spoiling its original architecture. There are sections for both women and men. The hot water section for women is smaller than the men's, though the men have smaller dressing rooms than women. Each dressing room has a pool in the middle ornamented with a fountain. Unfortunately, they do not provide soap, shampoo, or towels so be sure to bring your own. Open everyday: 06:30-23:00 (For Men) 07:30-20:00 (For Women)

Şengül Hamamı
It was built in the 18th century and restored in the 19th century. It has separate sections for men and women. There is a dome covering the top of the cold-water section. If you are in a group you may be entitled to a discount. Open everyday: 05:30-22:00 (for men) 06:30-19:30 (for women)

Hilton Hotel
This 5-star hotel operates a Hamam but it is available only to guests staying at the hotel. Open everyday between 10:30-18:00. Appointments are required for massages and scrubs.

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