A business center built three decades ago atop the historical Yusufpaşa Bath in Istanbul's Büyükçekmece district is a peculiar structure, which could soon house a café.
But the hamam, owned privately, is also under the auspices of the Council of Monuments, which has presented obstacles for the entrepreneurs wanting to open a café in the building.
Hamam, or Turkish bath, is one of the defining features of Turkish culture. A culture passed down over history, the baths, besides being a place to get pampered, is a spot for socializing and entertainment. Hürriyet’s jury have chosen the best traditional Roman and Ottoman baths of Turkey. Click through for the full list...