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The Historical Galatasaray Bath
Hammam Culture is a Turkish tradition dating back to olden times. Galatasay Hammam is a hammam (or steam bath house) in the Galatasaray district of the city which was one of important trade centers in Ottoman times. The Hammam was built by Sultan Beyazit Han II in 1481, then was updated repeatedly with repairs and modifications during the eras of Sultan Selim II, Sultan Mehmet IV, the Hunter, Sultan Ahmet III and Sultan Mahmud I. The exterior of the bath has also been kept historically accurate. Galatasay Hammam is a double hammam with sections for both men and women. The Hammam is opened everyday for Men 06:00 22:00 Women: 08:00 20:00 In summer the hammam will be open 1 more hour.
The Military Museum is located in the area of Harbiye in a former military academie which counts Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as one of its former students. The museums showcases artefacts of Military History from the Ottoman era until WW2 and to be seen are the hall of tent with a collection of embroidered and silk tents, leather and metalwork costumes, armour and more. Every afternoon between 15.00-16.00 one can enjoy a performance of the Mehter Takimi, a military band which had its origins in 1289. The museum is open from 10.00-17.00 from Wednesday to Sunday.