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Historic Turkish bath goes on the market

A 16th century bath-house built by Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan in Istanbul has been put up for sale with an asking price of $3m.

The building, known as Ayakapi – which means “Gate of the Saint” – is in the historic Balat neighbourhood.

It was commissioned by Sultan Nurbanu, the mother of Ottoman Sultan Murat III, in 1582.

A lumberyard located next to the bath has also been put up for sale and the total area of the site is 800m2. But potential buyers have been warned that any renovation work planned for the building needs permission from the state Council of Monuments – a stipulation which caused it to be removed from the market twice before.

The local area includes one of the most important surviving Byzantine buildings in the country, now converted into a mosque.

Pictured: Selimiye Mosque, built by Mimar Sinan in 1575. Edirne, Turkey.