Hamam Omerye (Nicosia District)
The History of Hamam
The Hamam has had a timeless value since its establishment and continues to be a number one choice, a pole of attraction for people who wish to be healthy and well. From the olden days, Hamams have played a definitive role in the structure of cultures seen as they where used as a meeting place for social gatherings, body and soul purification and relaxation. They also served for practical sanitary needs due to the fact that few homes had the comfort of a bath. Hamams were the first buildings that the Ottoman Turks built in a city as it was an important area used for the everyday life of its inhabitants. Yet, the Turkish baths were not discovered by the Ottomans since they have existed since the Greek and Roman antiquity and the Byzantine Empire. For hundreds of years, the tradition of the Turkish baths was integrated into the multicultural mosaic of Greece and was necessary in the everyday life of its citizens. Then came the logic of modernism and the Western way of life, which gradually erased the memories, values and traditions associated with Hamams.Today, the philosophy of the Turkish bath has become more and more fascinating seeing as it is an experiential escape from everyday life. At HAMAM OMERYE, set within the heart Nicosia’s old town, you will come face to face with history. From 1570-71 until today, the bath, a warm space with an impressive dome, a polygonal marble bench and carved troughs with the running waters descending from traditional fountains constitutes a traditional ritual.The combination of traditional clothing and products, as well as relaxation facilities in different cabins offers a unique journey while you enjoy tea, lokum (Turkish delight), sweets, hookahs and …. lullabies that put you to sleep! We welcome you to a magical journey; a rare experience in Hamam Omerye; a paradise for resting and relaxation.