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Library of Ahmed 3

Library of Ahmed III Immediately behind the Throne Room in the middle of the courtyard is the pretty little Library of Ahmed III which dates back to 1719. A domed building with three eyvans, it…

Third courtyard

Third courtyard Pause now to consider the unlikely purpose once served by the third courtyard which was primarily a large school for civil servants when it was first built. The teenage boys who studied here…

The Sultanate of Women

The Sultanate of Women Forget any idea that all the members of the harem were downtrodden females subject to their husband's every whim! For a period of around 130 years in the 16* and i7'"centuries…

Imperial Hall

Imperial Hall The Sultan's own suite of rooms was centered on the huge if faded and ecleltically decorated Hunkar Sofasi (Imperial Hall), the largest room in the harem. Tall and light, this room has sometimes…

The Harem

The Harem Approached through the Carriage Gate, an inconspicuous doorway beyond the Divan, the harem, also known as the House of Felicity, is the part of the palace that has most gripped the imagination of…

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