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Çemberlitaş Baths

No stay in Istanbul would be complete without a bout of steaming, soaping, scrubbing and massaging in a Turkish bath (hamam). Çemberlitaş, built in 1584, is commonly hailed as one of the most beautiful. Designed by Sinan, it was commissioned by Selim II’s wife, Nurbanu Sultan, as a way of providing financial support for the Atik Valide Sultan Mosque in Üsküdar, of which she was sponsor. Today, Çemberlitaş is still used by Turks, but is most popular with tourists and photographers – it’s a regular location for film and fashion shoots.Vezir Hanı Cad 8 • (0212) 522 79 74 • Open 6am–midnight daily • Adm 45 TL (84 TL with massage, 142 ...

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