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Tickets: Purchase at the museum.
Bathhouse of the Winds, an annex of the Museum of Greek Culture since 1999, is also known as the Hammam of Abid Efendi. It was built during the Ottoman Empire in Greece (1453-1669) and was operational until until 1965; it is the only remaining public bathhouse in Athens.
Bathhouses date as far back as the Neolithic period in prehistoric settlements such as Knossos in Crete. Ottomans-built hammams like this one were modeled after Roman and Byzantine baths. In addition to cleanliness, bathhouses were also a place for meditation, relaxation, and an escape from daily routine. They were places for social gathering and the only places women were allowed to go outside the family home. They were often called “the silent doctor” because people believed they had medical and therapeutic effects.
In Bathhouse of the Winds, labyrinth-like halls lead visitors into different rooms and areas. There is a video room upstairs and an excellent audio guide is available that helps to bring the experience to life; be sure to ask for it as it may not be offered. Centrally-located in Plaka, about a 450-meter walk from Monastiraki Square and metro station.
Bathhouse of the Winds Hours and Information
- Hours: Wednesday to Monday 8:30am – 3:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
- Website: mnep.gr
- Location: Kyrristou 8
- Telephone: +30 210 324 4340
- Admission Fee: General Admission 2€
- Free Entry: People aged 18 and under. March 6, April 18, May 18, June 5, September 27, the last weekend of September, Sundays between November 1 and March 31 the first Sunday of every month except for July, August and September (when the first Sunday is holiday, then the second is the free admission day.)
- Parking: Street Parking, nearby pay lots.
- Nearest Metro: Monastiraki
Bathhouse of the Winds