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Turkish Bath

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The tradition of the Turkish bath extends far back to a time before Turks had reached Anatolia. When the Turks arrived in Anatolia, they brought with them one bathing tradition. And were confronted with another. That of Romans and Byzantines, with certain local variants. The traditions merged, and with the addition of the Muslim concern for cleanliness and its concomitant respect for the uses of water, there arose an entirely new concept, that of the Turkish Bath. In time it became an institution, with its system of ineradicable customs.
For the Turkish bath was much more than just a place to cleanse the skin. It was intimately bound up with everyday life, a place where people of every rank and station, young and old, rich and poor, townsman or villager could come freely.

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