Banya - In Russian the word 'Banya' refers to a public bathhouse, considered an important bonding place in Russian culture.
A Banya is a steam bath with a wooden stove placed in a small room designed for wet and dry 'heat sessions'. Under use, temperatures will often exceed 93 degrees celsius with felt or woollen hats typically worn to protect the head from the intense heat and to prevent hair from heating to burning point.
After 'the sweat' it is common to cool off in the breeze outdoors or in a cold water river or lake.
This Banya (below) sits within a private residence situated on the Wentworth Estate. The room was hand built using Russian craftsmen with all tiles and bricks hand made. Next door is situated a chilled plunge pool.