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This is one of the oldest baths in Hungary, dating back to around 1563, when the Turkish built the baths so they could bathe and be ready for battle. Other legends say this was the way the Turks got the Hungarians to bathe. Regardless of the reason, the Király Baths are still one of Budapest's most important architectural tributes associated with Turkish rule. Bathing under the octagonal domed roof with sunlight filtering through small round windows in the ceiling, gives the water a special glow. In late afternoons in winter you can look at the night sky watching the stars hanging in the distance. Either way, it is a relaxing experience. In addition to the thermal baths, there are sauna and steam room facilities, but no swimming pools. If you so desire, you can get a massage while you are there. Bathing suits are only required on Sunday, when you need to bring a towel with you. Segregated days, men wear a cloth provided and towels are furnished. Women can use the baths on Monday and Wednesday from 8am to 7pm. Men are welcome on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9am to 8pm. On Sunday, they have a mixed day from 9am to 8pm. There is no longer a time restriction; you can stay all day. You can enter up to 1 hour before closing, but it is not worth the effort since everyone is required to head to the lockers 1/2 hour before closing time.