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Hamam, Hamam: seeing double at the Beşiktaş Hamamı

by admin on May.05, 2009, under Beşiktaş hamams

Beşiktaş Hamami, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm daily, about 14 for wash, 6 for kese/massage.

Approaching the Beşiktaş Hamamı, it could be a storefront, or maybe a service door to the apartment building directly above it. We are greeted with one-story white plaster walls and a doorframe of that all-too familiar Pimapen plastic.  There is no “Tarihi” next to the welcome sign.  Indeed, who knows what came first, this modest little hamam, or 1950s block apartment building that makes this street look like any other in Istanbul?  The Beşiktaş Hamamı is no classically planned Mimar Sinan wonder.  We’d say we’ve found our first “urban intervention hamam.”

Here also is the first co-written review of a hamam, perhaps in human history.  We (Kirk and Asa) went together.  Below is a call-and-response comparison of our experiences.

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