Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı
Another one of Mimar Sinan’s architectural feats, the Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı was commissioned by the famous Ottoman Admiral Kılıç Ali Paşa, as part of the mosque complex which is still operational today. Constructed between 1578 and 1583, the hamam later underwent a long renovation period that lasted seven years before it became the luxurious facility that it is today.
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During the hamam ritual, special attendants (male attendants for men, female attendants for the ladies) lead the visitor to the hamam, where they sat by the water basins to become accustomed to the heat as well as softening their skin by pouring water on the body with a copper cup. Then the attendant thoroughly exfoliated the skin with a special scrubbing mitten, called a kese. Once that is done, the visitor is lead to lie down on the göbektaşı (a heated stage of marble in the middle of the hamam) where the bubble soap wash and massage takes place. Afterward, it’s important to moisturize the skin and a tip for first timers is to bring a bikini bottom along if you’re not comfortable being washed in the nude.