Bathroom of Suleiman I the Magnificent

The bathroom of Suleiman I the Magnificent was built in the sixteenth century on the main hull of the ancient and medieval bath of Aquae Calidae. The Ottoman building is square in plan. In the centre, there is a marble pool which has collected the hot mineral water used for medical procedures.

There are many bathtubs along the walls. According to the Turkish traveller Evliya Çelebi, Sultan Suleiman was cured of gout namely the healing water of Aquae Calidae. As a sign of gratitude, he built a new bathroom and with screed he set up an annual market in this place, which led to great economic progress in the area.

The bathroom is completely renovated. The marble lining of the walls and the pool is restored, decorated with frescos in typical flamboyant Ottoman style from the XV-XVI century. The impressive building is completely restored, and the large-scale reconstruction follows its strictly authentic vision. It is lined with marble and oriental ceramics. The Eastern chic of the bathroom is complemented by natural and artistic lighting.

Now, it has become a functioning museum where visitors can see a spectacular 3D mapping that tells the story of Aquae Calidae from the ancient to the 17th century.