Valide Sultana Bath Ruins

2021. 09. 06.

The Valide Sultana (the Sultan’s mother) steam-bath was built in the beginning of the 17th century not long after Eger was occupied by the Ottoman forces (1596).

The Turkish traveler, Evliya Çelebi, described it as follows: „it’s a beautiful, six-chamber bath with pleasant water; its entire dome is covered by red ceramic.” The building is a typical Turkish bath. You can find similar ones from Pécs to Istanbul across the territory of the former Ottoman Empire. After the recapture of Eger in 1687, first it was used as a granary then it functioned as a bell foundry. In the second half of the 18th century only its remnants were standing. The research of the ruins started in 1958. The reconstruction of the building complex was completed in 2013.