Thursday, July 28, 2011

Turkish Bath

Turkish bath is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Greek and ancient Roman bathing practices. Turkish bath (Hamam) consists of three rooms called "sicaklik" (hot room), the warm room and "sogukluk" (cool room). Sicaklik is used for soaking up steam and getting massage. The warm room is for washing up with a soap and sogukluk is used for relaxing

If you ask a foreigner in Turkey what the words Ottoman, and Turkey, call to mind, many will say, "Turkish baths," better known in Turkey as a "hamam." Although nowadays only a handful of hamams remain, and even those serve to entertain tourists as another spot in their daily tours, hamams were an integral part of Ottoman, and therefore Turkish, culture for centuries.

Over time, the washing aspect of going to hamams became secondary. People came to bring food, their pets, and invite friends, musicians and belly dancers to hamams. Following a bath and a massage, women, with only a linen cloth around them, fixed their eyebrows, dyed their hair, and sometimes hands and feet as well, with henna and waxed themselves.

Sources reveal that what fascinated the Europeans the most about the hamams in the Ottoman period was the "removal of body hair." Much fiction and research penned by Europeans give detailed accounts of this.

Therefore, there were two basic functions of going to hamams. The first, to wash so that one could pray or go to the mosque. The second, to make women's lives less boring. Hamam visits were a good excuse for women to leave their houses. There were, of course, imbroglios arising from women's leaving their houses to go to hamams, but ending up somewhere else.

As mentioned previously hamams were also a means of finding a partner. Mothers asked friends if they knew any suitable girls for their sons, or even checked the girls out while they were bathing. Young girls sometimes deliberately showed themselves off in hamams for this very reason. Then there were "wedding hamams," just before the wedding, which resembled modern wild bachelor parties.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Things to do in Istanbul

*Day tour to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

Blue Mosque:
One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style.

Hagia Sophia:
Now a museum, Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, and was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world.

*To see Bosphorus: links the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and, with the Dardanelles (in Canakkale), separates Europe from Asia

*good Turkish bath

*Turkish Dinner and Show

*Gallipoli Day Trip from Istanbul

*Istanbul City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Monday, July 25, 2011

Istanbul Turkey

one of the greatest city's on earth.Great scenery, food, nightlife, lots of shopping.heart of the Ottoman Empire,art of Byzantine.Greek called Bosphorus,Roman empire made Constantine then turks said Istanbul.But The common point is Istanbul was very important for all of them.

Museums of Istanbul
There are many museum in istanbul.

Archaeological Museum: Greek, Roman and other Anatolian civilizations dating back to the 6th century BC. The Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, Sarcophagus of Mourning Ladies, and other ancient sarcophagi and various objects found in the Sidon excavation are among its most interesting pieces.

The Ataturk Museum: Here you can find most things about the Turkish leader Ataturk

Modern Arts Museum:this is the first Modern Arts museum in Istanbul.You can find everything on modern Turkish Arts.

Kapalicarsi (Grand Bazaar): The Bazaar's fine shops and exotic atmosphere.It's divided into many sections such as leather, rugs, souvenirs, copper, antiques, textile etc. There are 18 gates and 60 streets inside

Topkapi Palace: After the Conquest of Constantinople in 1453, Mehmet II ordered to built.The palace was the political center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries, until they built Dolmabahce Palace by the waterside.During the 400 hundred years of reign at Topkapi, each sultan added a different section or hall to the palace, depending on his taste or on the needs of the time

Sultanahmet:The heart of historic Old Istanbul.This is where you'll find Topkapı Palace, Ayasofya, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), the Byzantine Hippodrome,the Istanbul Archeological Museums, Great Palace Mosaic Museum and more