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Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam

Cankurtaran Mahallesi Ayasofya Meydani No:2, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 517 3535
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Ranked #75 of 380 activities in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Spas
Owner description: The Historical and Luxurious Art of BathingHistorical and Architectural Features“I hope that until the end of days, good hearted friends who take a... more » Owner description: The Historical and Luxurious Art of BathingHistorical and Architectural Features“I hope that until the end of days, 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.” Mimar Sinan, ArchitectThe Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam in Istanbul was designed and built by Mimar Sinan, the chief Ottoman architect. It was built at the request of Hurrem Sultan (Roxelana), the wife of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century. It was built where the ancient public baths of Zeuxippus used to stand, between the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. The area is also particularly significant as the site where the Temple of Zeus once stood. « less
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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

Ayasofya is an important landmark to visit in Istanbul. The only issue i had was the construction stuff as I wish we had less visual obstacles.

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Fethiye, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I wanted a Turkish Bath when I first arrived in Turkey this year. I've been to various Hamams on previous visits to Turkey and this place was beyond compare. Clean, luxurious, relaxing - I definitely felt like a Sultana! Expensive (I chose the Elixer of Life package), but worth every penny / Lira / Euro. I'll definitely return on my... More

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This won't give you a truly authentic experience, but the facility was built in 1556 and it is beautiful with all of the renovations that they have done. This is your upper class hamam, but still a wonderful, relaxing experience- and you'll pay for it! I did the healing art- reflexology for 40 euros. They did an excellent job, my... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

After reading the reviews I was quite pumped to go to this hamam, but after paying for the self service and entering the "bath" I walked right out asking for a refund. They asked 40 euros for the self service, and I expected a spa like experience with multiple facilities. What I got however was just a big hot empty... More

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AyasofyaHamami, Yönetici at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, responded to this review

Dear Bert Thank you for your feedback. Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamamı is a traditional ottoman hamam more than 450 Years. There are no multiple facilities in all historical hamam If you choose Self Service; our reception gives you your bath kit, which has include all your needs and your Hamam clothes (Pestemal). if you choose any of our packages our... More

Beirut, Lebanon
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This place is simply excellent. Visit as often as you manage to while in Istanbul. I experienced the Hammam and massage package on my first day in the city. Will be going again before I leave in a few days. Completely worth the time and price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

All my friends had said I must try the hamam experience while in Turkey and I was dreading the thought of a public bath and sharing the sorrounding with tens of other people. I took my teenage sons with me also, and we all found this hamam to be very clean and not crowded at all (in fact there was... More

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Lone Tree, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Very beautiful baths in a luxurious, exotic and very clean setting. If you are having a Turkish Bath for the first time (which, we were), this is a good choice. It is more of a spa quality hamam, perhaps not "authentic" enough for those seeking a more raw, local experience - but, again, a good starter Turkish bath. The experience... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

After 3 days of sightseeing, we were toying over the idea of a Turkish hamam.... And thank goodness we chose Ayasofya. This labelled the best and probably the most expensive in Istanbul lives upto it's name of making you feel like a sultan. Not just that you are transported to the 16th century with the architecture and the marble clad... More

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This was one of the highlights for me and my first time in a proper Turkish Hamam (quite different to the spa experiences in the UK). First of all, you need to put aside any embarrassment about being naked!!!! You strip down to bare flesh and the lovely female staff scrub and massage you ( quite hard!) until you gleam... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I had friends who highly encouraged me to participate in The Turkish Bath experience. I spent hours researching which hamam to go to and finally decided on Ayasofya based on reviews and location to my hotel. It is located between Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque and was built by Sinam for Roxelana, Sulieman the Magnificient's wife. While it is... More

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