Turkish Bath (Hammam) Culture

You have completed your holiday plans, flights, hotel reservations and make a wonderful holiday in Antalya, Manavgat. Have you ever been in a Turkish bath? You should definitely experience this tradition, which results from the glory of the Ottoman Empire with its bright dome, bathroom accessories and ornate walls. Do not forget to add a Turkish bath & spa to your list of things to do. You will be amazed at how strong the acoustic properties of these places are, known worldwide as "Turkish baths" and the subject of numerous films. These are enjoyed by both locals and tourists, and are found in terms of health and healing. So be ready for endless pleasure under the bright dome.

History of the Turkish bath

The word "hammam" we use today means "heating" in Arabic. The roots of Turkish bathing culture are as long as those of the Romans. It can be seen that Bursa continued his tradition of bathing in the Ottoman Empire, Rome and Byzantium, where Bursa was a pioneer, especially in Turkish baths. The transformation of the baths into its tradition goes back to the glorious times of the Ottoman Empire. After the conquest of Istanbul, baths were built throughout the city. It is known that 19 baths were built in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.
The Turkish bathing tradition has an important place in the daily life of the Turks. This culture also feeds on old traditions such as bridal bath, birth bath, holiday bath, bridegroom, country bath, soldiers bath, circumcision bath of the Turkish people.
In the past, bathing in the Turkish bath was not just about pouring water, but also a series of rituals. The day before the preparations began, everyone gathered in the neighborhood and in the Turkish bath sheet wrapping, filling and fruit were prepared.
Especially Turkish baths were especially important places for Turkish women. Here, mothers looked at the girls of their sons, talked to like-minded people, and gossip and gossip were talked about. At the same time, women wore new clothes and showed each other after the baths. In the past, women had the right to divorce their husbands if they did not pay twice a week for the Turkish bath. Even though this tradition is still poorly preserved, Turkish baths are still a source of curiosity.
A day in the hammam

Without already entering the outer door of the bath, a slight temperature hits your face. After leaving your clothes in the locker rooms, they are wrapped in checkered thin fabrics called "peştamal" and go with special bathing shoes, into the bathing area. The first stop is the section of the "thermal area", which is the hottest place in the Turkish bath. The heat plate is about 50 cm above the ground, is octagonal built in a room of marble and a heated "tummy stone". Here you can lie down to relax your muscles and rub your skin with a rough bag of bathing gloves. It can be very hot at first, but over time the body gets used to it, all the bones get warm and you feel good. In other parts of the Hamam, there are rooms called Halvet (private rooms). These private bathroom rooms are equipped with a hamam basin.
The main event of the bath, with a coarse bath glove, is to rub yourself off. To do this, lie down on your tummy stone and rub in with Tellak bag and foam until you get a rubbery consistency. Then the soap and massage begin. You will get rid of your stress and get rid of all your problems. When you have completed the washing process, you will surely feel a sweet relief. Then do not hurry, because you can stay in this unique heat of the baths for as long as you like. In the meantime, you can double your enjoyment with an icy lemonade.

Turkish bath and spa concept of the new century

The Turks combine bathing culture with spa culture. While bathing, detoxifying and healing, the spa aims to provide healthy massages, stress relief and relaxation. SPA treatments and massages are becoming increasingly popular. The word SPA, which consists of the initials of the Latin words "Selus Per Aqua", means health from water. The origin of spa culture goes back to the Romans. As the origin of the Romans spread soon in Europe. The SPA consists mainly of water treatments and therapies. In combination with a bathing concept, it is called a healing service.

After the bath & spa

After people have been cleaned in the hammam and relax in the spa, they go with a great ease. The entrance and the sweating in the Hamam & Spa seem to be a difficult situation for you. But people get used to it quickly. About 2 hours after leaving the bath, you should drink plenty of water. You'll think about how relaxed you are when you walk out with your pink cheeks, and when you return home, you'll sleep sweetly. And you will want to experience this pleasure again as soon as possible.