Cemberlitas Hammam in Istanbul

This is Turkiye. The land of fairy tales.


On one of her side rests wise Anatolia, on her other side the unforgettable goddess: Istanbul.

Istanbul’s one side is a modern European city. On her other side lays the ancient city with its memories of centuries. And in that ancient city lays another fairy tale: Çemberlitaş Hamamı.
A secret chest that hides the eyes, hands, dreams, and thoughts of the Master of the Masters;
Sinan the Architect and his mastery of engineering still manages to surprise. Çemberlitaş Hamamı


History of Cemberlitas Hammam in Istanbul ;


The Çemberlitas Bath is located on Çemberlitas Square on Divanyolu Street situated in the midst of some of Istanbul’s greatest monuments. It is next to the Vezirhan monument erected by Constantine I (324 – 327). The Köprülü Mahmud Pasa complex with its mosque, school and tombs are directly opposite the bath and at its sides are the Vezir Han and the old university building. Also in the near vicinity of the bath are the tomb of Sultan Mahmut II and its treasury, the Köprülü Library, the Atik Pasa Mosque and school and the tomb of Ali Baba.

The bath was established by Nurbanu Sultan, wife of Selim II and mother of Murat III, for the purpose of bringing in revenue to support the Valide-i Atik Charity Complex in Toptasi, Üsküdar. According to the Tuhfet’ül-mi’mârin (1), the bath is one of the structures built by the architect Sinan, in 1584.


Koca Mi’mâr Sinân Âğâ

1489 – 1588

Afife Nurbanu Sultan

1525 – 1583

The Çemberlitas Hamam was planned as a double bath consisting of two identical, side-by-side facilities. The entrance for the men’s section is on Vezir Han Street and, because the road height has increased over time, it now has a deep entrance that is ten steps below street level. There are eaves over the entrance and on top of the entrance door there is an inscription with six lines in three columns. In the past, the entrance for the women’s section must have been from Divanyolu Street adjacent to the tomb of Sultan Mahmut, but today women also use the men’s entrance and proceed to their own section through a side door.





When you have decided to bath in one of the world’s most authentic hammams, at Çemberlitaş Hamamı that has had it doors open since 1584, we meet you at the entrance. You choose the treatments you wish to have, receive your receipt and continue to the changing area.

After you have undressed and wrapped the “peştamal” (traditional cotton and silk bath wrap) around you, we kindly ask you to lock your locker, take your key with you and walk to the second room where the “göbek taşı” (central heated marble platform) is…



This room is called the “Sıcaklık” (hot room). In the centre sits the big heated marble platform and on the sides are the marble basins and bathing cubicles. We suggest that you rest, by either sitting or laying down, for a while on the marble platform for sweating.

Those are the characteristic moments of a Turkish bath. The light that shimmers through our dome, steam and sweating, that wakes up every cell of your body for a bath, prepare you for the water. You are now ready for a bath…



After you have rested and sweated as much as you wish you may scrub yourself and walk to one of the marble basins and, bath using the traditional copper bath bowls and the beautiful smelling Çemberlitaş Hamamı soaps.


If you wish to enjoy the Çemberlitaş Hamamı as it have been done for centuries and to feel as a sultan, after sweating leave yourself to the adept hands of our attendants.

We will give you an exquisite scrub and massage for 15 minutes; every cell of your body will start to breath, your blood circulation will speed up, you will loose the dead cells and re-vitalize. After the scrub and massage leave yourself to the masterful water and let our attendant wash you at the marble basin.
You are where the water touches your soul…



Massage with oil made of flower essences specially produced for Çemberlitaş Hamamı, will relive you from stress; you will feel relaxed and peaceful.

Pleasant aromas will touch your body and soul. You are in Istanbul, at Çemberlitaş Hamamı. This is the end…



Indian Head Massage -that has been practiced for centuries- is a special service offered to our guests at Çemberlitaş Hamamı. For 30 minutes your back and neck will loose their stiffness, your stress will disappear and you will be relieved of headaches caused by stress.



The magical clay mask is applied on your face and neck while relieving your skin of excess oil and dirt, it also helps your skin to regain its moisture, opens up and cleanses your pores and supports your skin to regain its tightness.


Hammam Package Price of CEMBERLITAS HAMMAM

Self Service Bath

1150 – TL

Traditional Style (Entrance Included)

1650 – TL

Luxury Style (Entrance Included)

2300 – TL


Massage  Package Price of CEMBERLITAS HAMMAM

Indian Head Massage

1950 – TL

Foot Massage

1950 – TL



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