Turkish baths

Turkish baths or hammams were an export of the Roman Empire to Turkey in the 7th Century. It is believed that it is derived in part from Roman and Byzantine baths. In Western Europe, the Turkish bath became very popular during the Victorian era. The process involved in taking a Turkish bath is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Roman bathing practices. The Turkish bath starts with relaxation in a warm room that is heated by a continuous flow of hot dry air. Bathers then move to a hot room before they wash in cold water and receive a massage. Bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.

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