March 03, 2011

The 10 Best Bathhouses in the World

Luxuriating in a bathhouse was a stalwart of ancient Rome, where these first spas were the go-to spots for healing and relaxation. But there are still bathhouses all over the world that welcome travelers seeking rejuvenation. Some are more than two thousand years old, while others are modern recreations of the good old days of taking the waters. These ten bathhouses should make their way onto your travel list.

1. Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul, Turkey
With a coveted spot in 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, Istanbul's Cagaloglu (pictured) tops our list of ancient bathhouses to check out. Opened circa 1741, it is the last hamami to be built under the Ottoman Empire. It is even believed that many notable figures bathed at Cagaloglu during their day, including Florence Nightingale and Edward VIII. And if it was good enough for Florence, it's certainly good enough for us.

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