Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı
Sultanahmet Archaeological Park
Excavations here have uncovered parts of the Great Palace of Byzantium . The park was closed for restoration when we visited.
Aya Sofya Tombs
Part of the Aya Sofya complex but entered via Babıhümayun Caddesi, these tombs are the final resting places of five 16th- and...
There are many important monuments in İstanbul, but this venerable structure – which was commissioned by the great Byzantine emperor...
Derviş Aile Çay Bahçesi
Superbly located directly opposite the Blue Mosque, the Derviş beckons patrons with its comfortable cane chairs and shady trees....
Palatium is built atop part of the Great Palace of Byzantium, which you can see through its glass floor, between the rugs, beanbag seats...
Aya Sofya Meydanı 2 · interesting places nearby
Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı information
This meticulously restored twin hamam dating to 1556 offers the most luxurious traditional bath experience in the Old City. Designed by Mimar Sinan, it was built just across the road from Aya Sofya by order of Süleyman the Magnificent and named in honour of his wife Hürrem Sultan, commonly known as Roxelana.
The building's three-year, US$13 million restoration completed in 2011 was closely monitored by heritage authorities and the end result is wonderful: it retains Sinan's austere design but endows it with an understated modern luxury. There are separate baths for males and females, both with a handsome soğukluk (entrance vestibule) surrounded by wooden change cubicles. Treatments are expert and the surrounds are exceptionally clean. The basic 35-minute bath treatment costs €85 and includes a scrub and soap massage, olive-oil soap and a personal kese (coarse cloth mitten used for exfoliation). Book ahead in high season. In warm weather, a cafe and restaurant operate on the outdoor terrace.