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Turkish bath - hamam is located in the center of Sokobanja and dates from the 15th century. This is the only genuine operational Turkish bath in this region. It was built by the Turks on the foundations of the Roman thermae, as evidenced by the old foundations and fragments of ancient bricks, as well as the Roman mosaic by the pool in the women's bath. Smaller baths, which are now available in the complex, are from the period of the Turkish rule. The hamam was renewed several times in order to keep its very important historical value, tourist attractiveness and health and recreational function. It was first restored in the 19th century (1834) during the reign of Prince Miloš Obrenović. The Prince’s Bath, which is under state protection and has a historical value, dates from this period. Last time it was reconstructed in 2005 under the supervision of Niš Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments.

The Turkish bath has two thermomineral springs, "St. Archangel" and "The Holy Transition", with the temperature ranging between 43 and 50ºC. Indications: various types of rheumatism, post-traumatic conditions and conditions after injuries. In the Hamam there is a natural inhalatorium whose vapour contains radon and is used for the treatment of various respiratory diseases.
The Hamam now works as a wellness center, unique in the world. In the Hamam, the spa guests can opt for different wellness programs that include manual and underwater massage, pearl baths and bathing in thermal water, which along with oriental music and the scent of ripe oranges, represents a unique pleasure.

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