Monday, May 8, 2017


Bağlarbası, Üsküdar - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'11.2"N 29°01'41.8"E / 41.019778, 29.028278

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The Çinili Hamam was built in 1640 as part of a mosque complex ordered by the Valide Sultan Mahpeyker Kösem, wife of Sultan Ahmet I (r. 1604-1617) and mother of Sultan Ibrahim I. It was built as Çinili Mosque, library, police office and hamam. Çinili hamam was made for Çinili Mosque’s construction workers. The tiles had been stolen by the burglars. But Hamam’s owners were sticked to its original concept as using blue tiles. Hamam has still its own charm.

Mahpeyker Kösem Sultan was one of the most powerful women of the Ottoman 17th century and gained unprecedented influence in political decision-making when acting as regent, which she did three times, for her son Sultan Murad IV, and her grandson Sultan Mehmed IV. She made enemies as well as allies and was murdered in 1651 at the age of around 70.

Çinili Hamam has a natural heating system. It’ s heated by a boiler in the middle of two domes using woods for heating. It s using approxiamately 1 tons per months in winter and vapour throwing away by the aim of chimneys called "tüfeklik". Çinili Hamam has many differences seperated from the others with its 370 domes. The holes at the bottom of the dome provides sun light getting into the Hamam. In hot days; the lanterns is demounted and provided air to get into the intern area.

Her complex has been divided by modern roads; the baths stand at the junction of Çavuşere Caddesi and Çinili Hamam Sokağı. Taxi drivers may better understand Bağlarbaşı. It’s a 5 minutes drive from the Üsküdar Iskelesi.

This is a double bath, with separate sections for men and women. There are separate sections for men and women and a fountain at the entrance. Each has two central domed areas, one for the central room and the other acting as a large vestibule for relaxing. The name Çinili (tiled) apparently comes from the quantitities of Iznik tile that decorate both the mosque and the men’s bath, though I have seen neither.

The vestibule has been extensively remade to include small changing rooms on two levels. These have their own charm, but any sense of a gracious space under the dome has been lost along with any original tile - an effect not greatly helped by a quanitity of new, bathroom looking tile, cheap plastic patio furniture, and a space heater. The last is an unfair complaint on a cold day; like most 17th century buildings, this isn’t equipped with central heating.

Around the main domed room are a series of small alcoves alternating with small chambers. These house the faucets and basins which bathers themselves control. These are elegant marble, possibly 17th century, and the rooms are high ceilinged with niches for one’s peştemels (special hamam towels) and other bathing equipment. One of these small chambers is now a sauna; it’s bare-bones but hot and the wood is fragrant. The hamam is very clean and provides plastic flipflops.

There is a usual array of bathing attire. There is a kese (scrub) and soap and massage service, which is administered by one of several employees. The habits of the bathers range from social to serious; some are there to take care of their nails and hair as well as their skin. Clipping and filing is a public activity, but shaving goes on as quietly as possible, usually in a corner. Having a complete wash, which means nudity, also was done discretely, and a clean peştemel or bathrobe donned afterward.

On arrival, guests are guided into their own lockable changing room and given a pestemal, slippers and individual soap.They are then led to the main area which has a large marble slab in the middle and small rooms off to the side with small basins. There is also a sauna available for guests' use.


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Open each day of the week.The opening days are also including offical holidays and festivals. In case you are more than 20 people ,we are able to help you for discount.
In case you are more than 20 people ,we are able to help you for discount.

For Men : 07:00 - 22:00
For Women : 08:00 - 19:30


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Phone : +90 216 553 1593 / +90 216 334 9710

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