Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam (Turkish bath) was the hamam of the Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque Complex built in 1580 by famous architect, Mimar Sinan. The mosque complex includes the mosque itself, madrasa (religious high school), tomb, fountain, and hamam. The mosque complex was commissioned by Ottoman navy’s Grand Admiral (Kaptan-ı Derya) Kılıç Ali Paşa. Prior to being the Grand Admiral of the Ottoman navy, Kılıç Ali Paşa was an Italian privateer who converted to Islam and was named Uluç Ali.
Built by architect Mimar Sinan, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam has a magnificent dome. The dome of the hamam is seventeen meters height and fourteen meters in diameter, which makes it one of the largest domes that Mimar Sinan built.
Abandoned for centuries, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam undergone extensive restoration starting in the 2000s and took seven years. Today, the hamam functions and is the height of luxury, offering a chance to get scrubbed in true, Ottoman style.
Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam was built by famous architect Mimar Sinan who is also known with Süleymaniye Mosque, Rüstem Paşa Mosque, Mostar Bridge, and many other monuments throughout the Ottoman Empire during the sixteenth century.
The restoration project of the Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam started in 2005 and finished in 2012.
Situated next to the entrance of the hamam, Derya Shop offers a selection of materials and souvenirs regarding the Turkish hamam culture.
Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam is open everyday and welcoming ladies and gentlemen in separate hours. Ladies get the morning shift between 8 AM and 4 PM, gentlemen get the shift in the evening between 4:30 PM and 11:30 PM.
Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam is located in Tophane and the easiest way is to take the tram to Tophane, and then it just across the road.