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Dome of Baroque

Cağaloğlu Hammam

When it was built in 1741 in the new Baroque style, Cağaloğlu was at the forefront of architectural fashion. But this temple of cleanliness in the Old City marks the dramatic swansong of the grand Ottoman hammam.

Cağaloğlu has the classic cruciform plan: a marble podium covered by a large central dome with side chambers branching off. Yet in the dim, shimmering light, it is clear the mood has changed. The hammam has acquired a new drama.

The podium, no longer a hexagon, now has wavy edges. Inner and outer circles of columns create a new depth; the outer walls are obscured. The domed side chambers, too, are closer to Roman chapels than to Samarkand eyvans. They have rounded arches, foliate capitals and arched screens with urn-like topknots and scrolls.

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