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Modern and traditional toilets ala Turka

Posted on 25 March 2019

 In Istanbul’s old town, with all the touristic high lights, many public restrooms are not in a good condition. Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has promised to renovate existing facilities, including those in mosques, and construct new, modern ones.

“There are often questions surrounding the cleanliness of public restrooms, so the municipality will initiate a project to convert public toilets into modern ones, especially in touristic areas. The municipal workers assigned to deal with public facilities will be maintaining the toilets’ cleanness.”

The municipality plans to renovate 25 public restrooms and construct 15 new ones in touristic places in Istanbul.

One of the recently built new and clean modern toilets is on the Hippodrome across the Neo-Byzantine German Fountain that was constructed to commemorate the second anniversary of German Emperor Wilhelm II’s visit to Istanbul in 1898. The toilets are clean, cost 1 Turkish Lira to enter and come in two styles: a western sitting model and a Turkish squat model.

Squat toilet. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Rest rooms in mosques are all squat toilets, also known as a toilet alaturka. These kinds of toilets are also commonly used in Asian countries and France. The toilet is used by squatting, rather than sitting. It is basically just a hole in the ground. Put your feet on foot rests, facing the entrance to the cubicle. Beware that there is no toilet paper available, only a plastic watering can. After washing your hands you can take some paper at the counter where you pay – 75 or 1 Turkish Lira – to dry them.


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