From our partner Çukurcuma Hamamı
It is believed that Çukurcuma Hamamı was built in the 1830s, when the wife of Abdulhamid I and the spiritual mother of Mahmud II, French-born Naqshidil Valide Sultan, brought the water installations to the Çukurcuma neighborhood.
Also known as the Sürahi Hamamı and the Süreyya Hamamı by locals, Çukurcuma Hamamı has a wide dome, known as kubbe in Turkish, that keeps the temperature warm, and bright and spacious göbektaşı (heated square marble in the middle) and halvet (sweating cabin area), reflecting the magnificence of the past.
It is also known that in the past poet Constantine Peter Cavafy, who lived in Istanbul between 1880 to 1885, was one of the important patrons Çukurcuma Hamam. In 1997, Turkish-Italian director Ferzan Özpetek used Çukurcuma Hamamı for his film, Steam: The Turkish Bath, as the sets of göbektaşı and camekanlık (lounge area) scenes.
After a long renovation period since 2007, Çukurcuma Hamamı began to welcome guests as a boutique Turkish Hammam in September 2018. All of the products used in the hammam are olive oil based, specially produced from Ayvalık’s olive groves to protect the skin’s natural moisture while giving it a healthy glow.
Open daily, 8:30am-10pm; Çukurcuma Caddesi No.43, Çukurcuma; T: 0530 933 05 13; www.cukurcumahamami.com