Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı

Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı, also known as Haseki Hürrem Sultan Turkish Bath, is located between Sophia and Mosque. It’s said that the bath stands where the ancient Zeuxippus Publicbaths had standed before.

It’s originally built by the architect Sinan in 1556 for Hürrem Sultan, also known as Roxelana, who was beloved wife of the Magnificent and mother of Sultan Selim II. She gained power and played active role in affairs through her husband, the Magnificent. She’s mostly known for the death sentence of Prince Mustafa who had been expected successor for throne by the Magnificent.

Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı is a example of classical Ottoman bath. It was active bath until 1910 when it was closed for decades. It was used to house the convicts during times when the nearby Prison was full. Then it became a storage place for paper and oil. It was restored for the first time in 1957 and then it started to house a carpet store till 2007. It has returned its usage after it experienced a major restoration. Although it was built as classical Ottoman bath, the sections for men and women constructed on the same axis as mirror images of each other.

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Cankurtaran Mah. ,Ayasofya Meydanı 234122 Fatih, İstanbul
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