When the Turkish or Ottoman is mentioned the first that comes to mind is Turkish Bath. History dating back to the Romans Baths, with an emphasis on the purity of Islam and it been accepted by Turks, acquires a prominent place in Turkish culture.
For Turkish people it is almost a ritual to go to the baths. Bridal bath, groom bath, votive bath, company bath and it contiunes, people go and have any entertainment.
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About Turkish Bath & Hammams
The history of bath is quite old. Archaeological remains have been found in studies extending to the Baths of different dates, while today its functions are very similar to the heated bath and flowing hot water, it was started for the first time in BC. 5. century at Athens.
At first, the institutionalization of the Turkish Bath was accepted as a different type bathroom and then creates a tradition of its own. The place where the bath is taken is named ‘hamam‘, with this the word Turkish was born.
The first public baths in the public domain was in 1584 when III. Murat’s mother Nurbanu Sultan’s made Mimar Sinan build the Çemberlitaş Hammam. After that, there was a increases in the number of baths in a short time. At the end of the 16 century, there were more than 300 general and 4 536 thousand private baths and for total five thousand just in Istanbul.
Turkish Baths is divided into three main parts
A large sofa and around it are division shapes. People bathing on these benches lie down and rest.
Here are some of the sections which are divided into: The head of Kurna is the place where everyone bathed in one by one, the place named Halvet is where you can take your bath alone cause it is close. And you lay down on a well, and sweat and which is named the Navel stone. The place is made more than high marble floors of the Turkish Bath and it can be in various geometric shapes.
Floor Heating – Furnace (Külhan)
Its under the Turkish Bath and fire burns in here. Smoke and fire rising from the fire, passes through marble floors under the wall with special ways, emerges from the chimney called tuteklik.
The stove in the boiler room has hot water boiler and a cold water tank, close to it. A few channels from the bottom of the bath hearth, the bathing place of bath extends to the bottom of the navel stone which is in the middle.
Effective flame on the stove, burning wood and smoke, of these channels goes to the bottom of the navel stone. The place under the stone heathens too much. For that it is called hell.
A different side of Turkish Baths is the steam bath, which is on the basis of the formation of Finnish Bath. Today all over the world, especially athletes are benefiting from the bath to give a lot of weight cause of the reason that quickly it sweats quickly. And it is very healthy for every age health. Of course there are some circumstantiates that need to be considered before acting in action.