Rudas Baths is open only to men every weekday apart from Tuesday. It was built in 1550 at the foot of the Gellért Hill in Buda under the reign of the Ottoman Empire and houses a typically gorgeous, Turkish bath with a central dome and other smaller rooms. The attached swimming pool is, however, always open for men and women.
Men only days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday whereas Tuesday and Thursday are women only days. It may seem odd that there are more men only days than women only days but the bathhouse allowed men only to enter up until 2005. Turkish baths always separated men and women particularly for religious reasons that forbade women to appear naked in front of men. Furthermore, both men and women enjoyed relaxing among one another. Going to the bathhouse was a milestone in a boy’s life: he became a man when he started going to the bathhouse with his father instead of his mother. The separation of sexes survives today but it’s important to note that the bathhouse does not convert into a gay sauna on men only days. If you visit Rudas on a men only day, please respect the traditions of a building that dates back several centuries and remember that having sex is prohibited in the bath.
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