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Çemberlitaş Hamam

Çemberlitaş Hamamı, Vezirhan Cad. No: 8, 34440 Çemberlitaş / İstanbul

An architectural masterpiece, Çemberlitaş Hamam was built by Mimar Sinan. The elegant proportions make any trip to this hamam enormously satisfying.

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The Queen Mother’s Baths

Nurbânu ordered the hammam in 1584, after rising to the powerful rank of Queen Mother – both out of charity and to provide income for her mosque across the Bosphorus in Üsküdar. Known until recently as the Valide Hamamı, or Queen Mother’s baths, they were designed by Sinan, builder of mosques for sultans, at the height of his genius.

The hand of the great Renaissance architect is evident in the gently pointed arches, lace-like marble carving and classical elegance. The baths are a soothing, contemplative contrast to the bustling bazaar a few feet away.

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