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A Turkish Hammam is a place of public bathing associated with the culture of the Ottoman Empire and more widely the Islamic world. A variation on it as a method of cleansing and relaxation became popular during the Victorian era and then spread through the British Empire and Western Europe.

There are many historical hammams in Istanbul. Ağa hamamı, built-in 1454, is on Turnacıbaşı Street near Taksim Square. The Haseki Hürrem Sultan Hamamı or Ayasofya Haseki Hamamı was commissioned by Suleiman I’s consort, Hürrem Sultan, and constructed by Mimar Sinan during the 16th century. It was built on the site of the historical Baths of Zeuxippus for the religious community of the nearby Hagia Sophia. Süleymaniye Hamam is situated on a hill facing the Golden Horn. It was built in 1557 by Mimar Sinan; it was named after Süleyman the Magnificent. It is part of the complex of the Suleymaniye Mosque. Çemberlitaş Hamamı on Divanyolu Street in the Çemberlitaş neighborhood was constructed by Mimar Sinan in 1584. The Cağaloğlu Hamam, finished in 1741, is the last hammam to be built in the Ottoman Empire.

Outside the capital, Tarihi Karataş Hoşgör Hamamı, built in 1855, is on Karataş in the Konak neighborhood of Izmir.

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