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Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Bath
Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Bath
Istanbul
Cankurtaran Mahallesi Bab-ı Hümayun Caddesi No:1 34122 Sultanahmet
Tel.: +90 212 517 35 35
www.ayasofyahamami.com/


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Some Rituals Never Change

 Historical and Architectural Features

“ I hope that till doomsday good hearted friends who take a look at what I have made, when they will perceive the seriousness and the spirit of my effort; can have a fair view and can invoke my name to pray for me, inchAllah”

The bath house that is located between the Blue Mosque and the Haghia Sophia in Istanbul was ordered by Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana), the wife of the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent to Mimar Sinan in the 16th century (1556-1557) besides the Haghia Sophia on the place where used to stand the baths of Zeuxippus that was entirely destroyed in 532.

The hamam that has been used actively until 1910 remained closed for many years. The hamam where were kept the convicts during times at which the Sultanahmet Prison was full, was used once as a storage place for paper and oil. The Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Bath that is one of the colossal monuments of Istanbul was restored between the years 1957- 1958 and was used as a public carpet shop until the year 2008.

The structure that is in the style of the classical period Ottoman baths has the plan of a double bath and is 75m of length. In this bath, as an innovation in the Turkish bath architecture, the parts for men and women were constructed twice on the same axis.

 

About Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana) 1506 - 1558
She was born in Rohatyn that was located within the borders of the Kingdom of Poland. She was kidnapped by Tatars during their raids in 1520 when she was 14. She was taken under the protection of the Crimean Khan and was later on presented to the Ottoman palace.

She is the wife of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman (Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent) and the mother of his successor, Selim II. She has the privilege to be the first woman to have been officially married to an Ottoman sultan.

Hürrem Sultan gave birth to one girl and five boys from Suleiman the Magnificent. The name of her daughter is i Mihrimah and the names of her sons are the princes Mehmed, Selim, Bayezid and Cihangir.

Hürrem Sultan passed away on April 18 1558, at the age of 52, 8 years before her husband Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. She could not witness the enthronement of her son Selim II.

The Hamam Culture
The history of the baths stretch backs as far as the Romans. The excavations carried out in the city of Pompeii that remained under the ashes following the eruption of the Vesuve, putted into light the baths used by the Romans. These hamams were understood to be not just for cleaning but also pleasure and leisure. In reason of the class differences in the Roman Empire, the entrance Gates and washing places of the slaves and nobles were separated The Roman bath incorporated at the same time the steam room- hot and cold water pools.

The Ottomans conquered materially Istanbul but Byzantinum that reflected the rich heritage that it took from the Romans conquered the Ottomans by its baths.

At the most prestigious periods of the empire, in every neighborhood of the city, there was always a hamam with its hot and cold bath, fountains, domed rooms in marble and open to the ladies certain days exclusively for ladies.

The main reason why the baths took such an important place in the ottoman culture was religious. According to the Koran, cleanliness was not just an important part but a principal part of the piety. These marble temples were ensuring the apparition of social living place consisting of conversation, bath and massage.

It was customary to come to the Turkish bath with his towel, brush, henna, kohl, a piece of soap from Crete and mother of pearl inlaid patterns and in company of servants. This ceremonial preparation was due to the fact the time spent in the hamam was not one hour but almost one day.

The hamam tradition that is for the past one thousand of year an important representation of cleanliness, remedy but at the same time entertainment and social sharing, is reinterpreted in conformity with today’s point of view in the Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Bath.

Pir-i Pak
A bath set that consists of a golden plated ottoman style bath bowl , a traditional silk bath wrap (pestamal), a wooden comb, a scrubber up to the skin type, special olive oil soap,

French redbud essence shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion. Access to the hamam Traditional bady scrubbing Relaxing bubble wash massage.

Keyf-i Hamam (Pleasures of the Hamam)
A bath set that consists of a golden plated ottoman style bath bowl , a traditional silk bath Wrap (pestamal), a wooden comb, a scrubber up to the skin type, special olive oil soap, French redbud essence shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion. Access to the hamam Traditional body scrubbing Redbud essence oil Aromatherapy massage within the Sultan’s or Sovereign’s Room

Zevk-i Sefa (Extravagant Pleasures)
A bath set that consists of a golden plated otoman style bath bowl , a traditional silk bath wrap (pestamal), a wooden comb, a scrubber up to the skin type, special olive oil soap, Judas-tree essence shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion.

Access to the hamam Refining peeling with redbud esence Judas-tree essence moisturizing body clay mask Judas-tree essence oil Aromatherapy massage within the Sultan’s or Sovereign’s Room.

Ab-i Hayat (Elixir of Life)
A bath set that consists of a golden plated otoman style bath bowl , a traditional silk bath wrap (pestamal), a wooden comb, a scrubber up to the skin type, special olive oil soap, Judas-tree essence shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion.

Access to the hamam Traditional body scrubbing and bubble wash in the sultan’s hall Judas-tree essence moisturizing body clay mask,relaxing head and neck massage service of fruit from the pot of the palace in the sultan’s hall, judas-tree essence oil Aromatherapy massage within the Sultan’s or Sovereign’s Room.

Service of Turkish delight, apricot, walnuts, sherbet

Traditional Hamam Rituals

Bath of the Bride
A bath set that consists of a golden plated ottoman style bath bowl , a traditional silk bath wrap ( pestamal), wooden comb, a scrubber upon the skin type, special olive oil soap, Judas-tree essence shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion.

Traditional body scrubbing and bubble wash for all the guests.
Body scrubbing and bubble wash for the bride in the sultan’s hall.
Judas-tree essence moisturizing body clay mask for the bride henna party in the cold section.
Service of fruit, sherbet and Turkish delight.
Rich plates of olive oiled vegetables and Turkish desserts.
Pleasure of music in the cold section with zither, oud and rhythmic stringed instruments.

Bath of the Groom
A bath set that consists of a golden plated ottoman style bath bowl , a traditional silk bath wrap (pestamal), wooden comb, a scrubber upon the skin type, special olive oil soap, Judas-tree essence shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion.

Traditional body scrubbing and bubble wash for all the guests.
Body scrubbing and bubble wash for the room in the sultan’s hall.
Judas-tree essence moisturizing body clay mask for the groom henna party in the cold section.
Service of fruit, sherbet and Turkish delight.
Rich plates of olive oiled vegetables and Turkish desserts.
Pleasure of music in the cold section with zither, oud and rhythmic stringed instruments.

Bath for the Circumcision Feast
A bath set that consists of a golden plated ottoman style bath bowl , a traditional silk bath wrap ( pestamal), wooden comb, a scrubber upon the skin type, special olive oil soap, Judas-tree essence shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion.

Traditional body scrubbing and bubble wash for all the guests.
Children body scrubbing and bubble wash for the circumcised child in the sultan’s hall.
Henna party in the cold section.
Service of fruit, sherbet and Turkish delight.
Rich plates of olive oiled vegetables and Turkish desserts.
P
leasure of music in the cold section with zither, oud and rhythmic stringed instruments.

Bath for Puerperality & Bath for the Baby

A bath set that consists of a golden plated ottoman style bath bowl , a traditional silk
bath wrap (pestamal), wooden comb, a scrubber upon the skin type, special olive oil
soap, Judas –tree essence shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion.

Traditional body scrubbing and bubble wash for all the guests.
Body scrubbing and bubble wash for the mother in the sultan’s hall.
Washing of the baby with water of 41 spices and 40 bowls of water Care with 41 kinds of spices for the mother.
Moisturizing and rich anti-stress redbud essence oil body massage for the mother.
Service of fruit, sherbet and Turkish delight.
Rich plates of olive oiled vegetables and Turkish desserts.
Pleasure of music in the cold section with zither, oud and rhythmic stringed instruments.

Massage Therapies

Aroma Explosion –Redbud Aromatherapy Massage
Particularly by activating the lymphatic system, the aroma therapeutic massage that aims to remove the toxins from your body, decreases the fluid retention within the body and offers you a pleasant and relaxing séance with its balminess redbud essence oil. 50 min.

Healing Art –Reflexology
The traditional Chinese treatment having its roots in the point of view that “the feet are the mirror of the body” is based on the theory that some specific points on the sole represent different organs of the body. The reflexology that centers totally on the feet reorganizes the energy flux in the body by relaxing the brain. This is one of our therapies that give particular importance to the relaxing effect and customized to the Occidental style with its well-balanced touches. 35 min.

Anti Stress Massage
The anti stress massage, is a type of massage that is performed slowly and rhythmically. It has got a relaxing effect over the muscles. By the means o this massage that is carried out by delicate movements from head to foot, the relaxation of the muscles and tissues of the body is enabled. This massage is recommended to be performed particularly after the scrubbing séance. 50 min.

Food &Beverage Sections

A la Carte Restaurant
A unique place where the most prominent tastes of the Turkish kitchen are synthesized with different presentations.

Concept : Türk Mutfagi
Opening and closing hours : 07:00 – 22:00
Capacity : 350 people

Cafe
View of the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia
Concept : Snack
Opening and closing hours : 07:00 – 00:30
Capacity : 200 people

Receptions and Organizations
Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Bath by its historic fabric of 455 years and superior standard
of service makes real your dreams. 

-Bath of the Bride.
-Bath of the Groom .
-Bath for the circumcision feast.
-Bath for puerperality & Bath for the baby .
-Closed hamam organizations destined to incentive groups.
-Closed hamam organizations destined to corporate groups .
-Special concept shootings.
-Individual and corporate group lunch and dinner.

Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Bath With Numbers

-Hammam was done by Mimar Sinan in 1556.
-Hammam actively used until 1910.
-Restoration began in 2008.
-1300 square meters of Marmara marble were used during the restoration.
-Single one-bath on the second dome.
-The cold room dome height 26 meters.
-Belly Move’ temperature 42 degrees, halvet’s temperature 48 degrees and 80% of the steam rate.
-160 Units gold plating bath bowl was produced specifically for guests use.
-50% silk & 50% cotton bath wraps ( pestamal) was produced specifically in Ödemis (Izmir) for guests use and boutique sales.
-130 employees will serve within the Hammam and banquet areas.
-100% olive oil soaps are produced specifically in Edremit ( Olive city in Turkey)
-For 3-year-long restoration work, spent a total of 17 million TL.