Turkish Bath History

Basically a steam bath, in Turkish called Hamam is now-a-days the most relaxing way for the tourists who are on holiday in Turkey.

During the Ottoman times, turkish baths were places to socialize, to bath and to get together. It was when Europeans learned about Turkish Baths.

In especially Western Europe, it was Victorian era when Turkish Baths became the method of getting clean and relaxing.

The word "hamam" derives from hammam in Arabic which means heat. Turkish baths during the Ottomans started as annex buildings of mosques but very quickly turned into monumental structural complexes, especially with the works of the famous Ottoman architect Sinan.

Hamam consists of three rooms called "sicaklik" (hot room), the warm room and "sogukluk"  (cool room).

Sicaklik is used for soaking up steam and getting massage. The warm room is for washing up with a soap and sogukluk is used for relaxing, dressing upand have a drink. 

Turkish Baths have separated quarters for men and women. Especially for women, turkish baths were the best places to get together before weddings, holidays and such celebrations.

There are some accessories which are used in hamam, like pestemal, nalin and kese.

Pestemal is a piece of cloth made of silk or cotton, to cover the body, used as towels. Nalin is a wooden clog, worn in the Turkish Bath, to prevent slipping. Kese is a rough mitt for massage to take off the dead skin.