Fodor's Expert Review Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı

Galata and Karakoy Spas

Reopened in 2012 after a meticulous seven-year restoration, this is the only major Ottoman-era hammam above the Golden Horn, located just steps from the Istanbul Modern. Completed in 1583, it is one of Sinan's last significant works, with the second-largest dome of any hammam in Istanbul. The services at this beautiful bath don't come cheap—prices start at 150 TL for a professional scrubbing—but it tends to be less crowded than the tourist-oriented baths in the Old City (at least so far). Since there's just one bathing facility, there are separate visiting times for women (8–4) and men (4:30–11:30), and reservations are recommended.


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Kemankeş Mah. Hamam Sok. 1
Istanbul, Istanbul  Turkey


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