The Kucuk Mustafa Pasa Hammam / Turkish Bath dating from the 15th century, is located in the Cibali neighbourhood across from the Gül Mosque transformed from a Byzantine Church near the Golden Horn shores that recently saw an increase in cultural and artistic locations.
Kucuk Mustafa Pasa also known as “Kara”, is the namesake of the neighbourhood as well as the hammam. The bath is listed in his waqf list dated 882 H. (1477) and was built as an income generator for the mosque, madrasa and imaret located in the Pazarcik district of Bursa.
Located on a wide plot measuring approximately 1265 m2, twin Turkish Baths of Kucuk Mustafa Pasa is one of the most important example of Turkish Baths considering its unique plan, preservation and dimension. The entrance for men’s section is from the Mustantik Street. This section consists of an entrance, apodyterium, tepidarium, a lavatory, shaving section, caldarium and four chambers located at the four corners of the caldarium. The women’s section which has its entrance on the Serefiye Street consists of an entrance, apodyterium, tepidarium and caldarium to which two cells give access to.
The biggest volume of the Bath is the apodyterium of the men’s section. The space has a size of 14,70 m x 14,65 m and its height is 18,85 m. The water tank located parallel to the caldarium of the men’s and women’s section, and the furnace adjacent to the Bath’s northeast wall have survived till today.
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