What was it like? Or other women seeing or touching it. Hammams were built as part of mosque complexes as a source of revenue, as well as to serve a need: cleanliness. Later when home bathing facilities were common, it morphed into a more social ritual.
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Getting scrubbed and naked at a real Turkish bath | Well+Good
I slipped on the saggy black pair of disposable underwear that was given to me at the front desk, and debated whether I should remove my bra. I was in the locker room at a hammam, or a Turkish bath, in Istanbul. I heard it was normal for women to go topless in these establishments, and despite the fact that this hammam was divided by gender, my Puritan American roots led me to believe I should be modest and keep myself covered. I slipped on a towel and made my way to the steam room. As I pushed open the door to the main chamber, the first thing that hit me was the searing wave of heat and humidity that made it hard to catch my breath, but the second was the multitude of flesh.
I Got Naked in a Turkish Bath and It Was Not Entirely Embarrassing
And no, I was not about to be ravished by some devilishly handsome Turkish man I met over champagne on my first class flight over. I guess not all dreams come true. Not me though. As much as I love being naked alone in my own house, I am far from an exhibitionist. This is, of course, not my fault.
The heat is smothering. I feel it in the air and from the stone beneath me. My face is covered with beads of sweat, which defeats the purpose of the shower I just had.