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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Turkish Bath

> The first Ottoman bath was built at 1336 in Bursa and the first public bath was Çemberlitaş Hamami built in Istanbul at 1584.

> The “hamam” word came from the Arabic word “ham”. It means to be warm or hot.

> According to the belief, to keep the body clean, the soul, the clothes, and the environment, it is necessary to clean them with flowing water, not stagnant water. Cleanliness is one of worship in Islamic religion.

> It is not possible to find a mosque without a bath near the Ottoman Empire. In the 16th century only 5000 baths were found in Istanbul.

> The most common and popular among the hammam meetings is the “bride baths“.

> In the past, visa marriages became widespread, so the mother of the villain and his relatives came to the booth before the wedding and examined their physical characteristics. In the meantime, the food, music and various entertainments were organized.

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> Since there is no bath in old houses, these public bathing areas are very common. Women at least once a week to go to the hammocks in large groups, taking the news of each other at the same time to play and tell all the days in the baths would spend.

> In addition to the hammam meetings, there are also types such as votive baths, military baths, groom baths, forty baths, circumcised baths and baths. Nowadays, brides before the weddings are making henna ceremonies and farewell parties in the baths.

> The most precious detail you need to keep in mind when you go to the bath is that you have to stay in the hot section of the bath for at least 15-20 minutes before cutting to get rid of your dead skin completely and you should not touch your body with something other than water (soap, shampoo, etc.). After your cut, you can soap easily.

> It is called “elephant eye“, which is used for illumination purposes and which is seen on the dome of the baths.

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> Conventional slippers worn in baths are called “nalın“.

> Towels used in baths are called “peşkir” or “peştemal.”

> In some baths, the special gallery on the wooden columns is called “şırvan”.

> The persons who wash the male customers in the baths are called “tellak“.

> Women who wash their customers in the baths are called “natır“.

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