An entire generation of Turks preferred showers at home, and the idea of using a public bathhouse was deemed archaic.The Ayasofya Hamami was turned into a carpet showroom before being sympathetically renovated in 2008. The hamam's splendour becomes apparent as Fatih settles me on to a divan in the reclining room. An attendant brings tea and a silver box of Turkish delight. I feel like a sultan after a busy morning drinking sherbet and executing people, and I drift into an easy sleep.
Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. At the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
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It is located at one end of Cukurcuma street which is famous with the antique shops.
If you are coming from Taksim / Beyoglu the best way is to reach there is by walking down Yeni Carsi street from Galatasaray Square , which is the middle of famous pedestrianized street, Istiklal.
Now, glass walkways display the original sit-in-a-row toilets and 15th-century furnaces. The following day I ride the tram from the Aya Sofya in Sultanahmet to the historic suburb of Tophane.