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February 19, 2020

A Brief History of a Hammam In Turkey

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  1. Lydia says:

    Wow this is so fascinating! I love hearing about different cultural practices, I definitely want to visit one

  2. Sabs says:

    Visiting a hammam is definitely something I plan to do when I visit Turkey. It seems like a lovely way to just relax and get ready for more exploring!

  3. Fares says:

    Any hammam in Turkey (or even in the Maghreb’s countries) is indeed a piece of history in itself. Thank you for this insight and great article!

  4. Shannon says:

    Wow you gave some really great facts! I had no idea the bathhouses dated back that far! Beautiful photos!!

  5. Emma says:

    This was such an interesting read, I had no idea about the history behind this!

  6. I have a friend that visited a Hammam. That was the first time I had heard of it. She didn’t specify why, but stated she should have “researched it a little more.” Are you naked at a Hammam? Not sure if that’s what she meant. I would love to experience one if I ever get to one of these countries! Great post!

    • Whitney says:

      Haha! I think that is a nice and cryptic way of saying it… Yes, some Hammam’s are nude. You usually stay wrapped in a Peshtemal (Turkish Towel) until the actual bathing part. Some Hammam’s require you to wear a swimsuit, so it is definitely something to keep in mind. Be sure to do your research, look on the website or just ask on the phone when you schedule it.

  7. menty says:

    I enjoy this reading pretty much, not because I’m a fan of wellness (a Turkish bath is always good!) and I’m a fan of Roman history and stories 😀
    Cheers!

    • Whitney says:

      Awesome!! I also found the parallels between the two cultures fascinating. I went to Rome directly after visiting Istanbul and I could see the similarities, for sure!

    • Whitney says:

      Awesome!! I also found the parallels between the two cultures fascinating. I went to Rome directly after visiting Istanbul and I could see the similarities, for sure!

  8. Excellent post! I enjoyed reading about the history and purpose of the hammam. I haven’t been to Turkey yet but would love to experience one. When I think of going to a bath or spa I don’t think social but I’m fascinated with the social aspect of them!

    • Whitney says:

      You know what, Vanessa? I hadn’t thought of going to the spa as a social experience either, but when I was there it just felt so natural! It really added to the experience.

  9. If students were taught history the way you write articles it would be a lot easier to remember haha. Loved it!

  10. I haven’t had a hammam yet but would love to try it out some day especially in Turkey! I’ve seen a few places that do this in Spain. It was nice to find out the history of a hammam through your post.

    • Whitney says:

      Interesting! I’ve never been to Spain, so I didn’t even know that they had them there. What are they called in Spain?? I’d love to check it out!