November 08, 2011

Hürrem Sultan Keeps Bath Customs Alive

The centuries-old Hagia Sophia Hürrem Sultan Bath in the heart of Istanbul’s Sultanahmet neighborhood is again transmitting the cultural practices of the past following a multi-million-dollar renovation.

The hamam, which was rented by Haseki Tourism from the Foundations General Directorate under a build-operate-transfer model for 15 years, was restored in line with its original form at a cost of $20 million. It now offers bridal, groom, circumcision and other packages, keeping alive Turkey’s famous hamam culture. As part of the bridal bath option, the hamam offers Turkish fasıl music played with traditional instruments such as the oud, along with extras like fruit, sherbet, Turkish delight, meals with olive oil and desserts.

Speaking to Anatolia news agency, Hagia Sophia Hürrem Sultan Bath Operation Manager Hikmet Güvenli Bayındır said Haseki Tourism rented the hamam in 2007 and added that the renovation process took three-and-a-half years.

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