Turkish Bath or Turkish hamam is a deep rooted tradition in Turkish and Islamic culture. Hamam simply means is to have thorough and complete wash from head to toe both physically and spiritually. It has found widespread use everywhere from villages to cities.
Like other public buildings or utilities such as mosques and fountains hamams are mostly incorporated within the public trusts.
There are many historic Turkish Baths in the large and small cities of Turkey. The best known of these is the one in Sultanahmet commissioned by the foundation of Nur-u Banu Sultan, wife of sultan Selim II, and the mother of Murat III. It was built in 1584 and based on a plan of the legendary Turkish architect Mimar Sinan. There are less known ones such as cemberlitas, cagaloglu and galatasaray hamams, functioning today.
Having a wash in a hamam is not like taking a shower so it is not all that simple. Certainly you can take it just like the way you take a shower but if you wish to have the services of tradition you will have to go through a ritual of sets of hamam rules.
This ritual will involve and make use of a numerous items. A large towel fringed at both ends and wrapped around the body (pestemal ), a pair of wooden clogs (nalin), a bowl for pouring water over the body ( tas) , a rough cloth used rubbing the dead skin off , soaping web etc. These are all contained in a bundle and will be given to you at your entry Turkish hamam.
If you have no previous experiences you will need the services of an attendant man or woman called 'Tellak'.
You will find hamams either solely designated for men or women or both sexes not together but use was made at separate hours.