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Become better acquainted with the concept of public Turkish Baths, a concept that was originally inspired by Roman Baths. Rudy will also visit with the Rumi Mevlevi Ensemble and shed light in the history of the whirling dervishes, and he will tour the ancient structure of Hagia Sophia.Watch Now >>
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