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Basilica Therma (Kral Kızı Hamamı), Sarıkay

Sarıkaya is 120km north of Kayseri and 300km east of Ankara

What is claimed to be the world’s oldest thermal baths is now open to the public. The Roman era Basilica Thermal in Sarıkaya in Yozgat province, dates from the 2nd century AD. Known as the bath of the king’s daughter, after allegedly curing a local princess, The bath measures 23.3x12.8 meters and is 1.34 metres deep. It continued to be used used during Byzantine, Selcuk and Ottoman periods and was only rediscovered in 2014 during archaeological excavations carried out by the Provincial Culture and Tourism Directorate. It is the only natural warm water bath in Turkey and can be used even under winter snow.

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Issue 66, December 2023 Turkey’s Centenary Issue
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