Friday, May 5, 2017


Galatasaray, Beyoğlu - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'58.2"N 28°58'47.7"E / 41.032833, 28.979917

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The Galatasaray Hamam was built by Bayezit II in 1481 with the Galatasaray Külliyesi (complex of buildings adjacent to a mosque). It is located in the Galatasaray neighborhood of the Beyoğlu district, at the junction of Turnacıbaşı and Çapanoğlu streets in Istanbul.

Galatasaray Hamam, is in the buildings of Galatasaray Mosque - (Külliye), It was originally built, together with the külliye itself during the region on Beyazıt II. The construction of Galatasaray Hamam stands on a mysterious story. When the Sultan Beyazıt was wandering around the land where today's Galatasaray Lycee and the Galatasaray Hamam stands on now; he sees a hut. This hut belongs to Gül Baba, a respected man of his time.

Sultan Beyazıt meets this man and asks him "Gül Baba - do you have any wishes?" and Gül Baba wishes the construction of a school to conquer over the centuries and a Külliye to have a hamam with a dome. Sultan Beyazıt accepts the wish and makes the külliye built in 1481. Gül Baba's grave is still in the Külliye and the Galatasaray Hamam has conquered over the centuries just like he has wished.

Although it has been said that the present Galatasaray Market was built during the reconstruction of Galatasaray Devshirme Recruits and the Palace School (Galatasaray İçoğlanları Kışlası) during the rule of Sultan Ahmet III,  some researchers have claimed that this is a baseless rumor. Instead, they support the argument that the Hamam was a part of Galatasaray Külliye.

The editor of the book "History of Galatasaray", Fethi Isfendiyaroğlu, states that the Galatasaray Hamam has served the students, during his education. Thus he says, as a student of Galatasaray Lycee "Before, during our times, there was hamam service every morning, the students were gathered in their dormitories every morning and taken to Galatasaray Hamam, next to the garden of the school. When the students were in the bath, the door of the hamam was closed and no other customers were let in.

One enteres the cold room (soğukluk) from the dressing room. There are rubbing places (keselik) consisting of seven basins. One enters the hot room (harare), which is covered by large domes, from the cold room. In the hot room there is a navel stone (göbek taşı).

On both sides of the door, there are two "halvets" (a very hot bathing cubicle in the bath) that are roofed by a dome. In addition, there are six sofas (a long room, onto which a number of rooms open) which contain more than 15 kurnas (a marble basin under a tap in a Turkish bath) of various sizes.

When it was restored in 1965, the dressing room was made of concrete blocks, a fountain was placed in the middle, a section of the hamam wall was covered with tile, and also a small women’s section was added. The Galatasaray Hamam has made it to our times through continuous maintenance and restoration. It has been consistently serving domestic and foreign visitors.

The Galatasaray Hamam, addressing the centuries, have served many pashas, Muslim judges ( kadi ), and grand viziers and have participated in the pure lifes of these people. Galatasaray Hamam, with the heritage of the past,  is also modern, both in the quality of its services and the hospitality of its staff.


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