Bey Hamam is a Turkish bathhouse, located on Aristotelous, the most buzzing square in Thessaloniki, and every time I enter it feels like a parallel universe. It’s a quiet, clean space built in 1444 during the Ottoman era, full of history and currently full of art, since it has been converted into an exhibition spot.
It’s a spot I enjoy visiting to escape the hectic pace of everyday life and to relax just as they did almost 600 years ago. The baths remained in use up until 1968 and around 2010 were turned into a site to host exhibitions and cultural events.
Don’t forget to look up at the beautiful carved and painted ceiling, bringing Ottoman architecture and modern art together.
Right next to the Bey Hamam you will find to Palio Hamam, a bar that shares part of the old bathhouse building and has an amazing rooftop view.
Similar to Bey Hamam, Aigli Yeni Hamam (check the “Aigli-Yeni Hamam” article) and to Palio Hamam (check the “To Palio Hamam” article) are also bathhouses that have been repurposed into cultural and entertainment spaces.