Why locals love it
Steam baths, bubble massages and relaxing on heated marble stones – what’s not to love? During Ottoman times, “hamams” (Turkish baths) were places where people gathered and socialised. Even today, Turkish people, especially the older generations, love visiting hamams together with family and friends.
Why you should visit it
Built in 1640, Çinili Hamam is the oldest hamam in the historical Üsküdar neighbourhood. It was once covered in “çini” (mosaic tiles), hence the name. Unfortunately the tiles were stolen by thieves, though they have since been replaced with blue stone to reflect the original colour scheme.
Note that Turkish hamams have separate sections for men and women.