It is believed that the Apartments of the Wives and the Apartment of the Queen Mother located on this courtyard were built in the time of Sultan Murad III (r. 1574-95). There were three separate apartments for the wives. Each one having two storeys, fireplaces and tiled walls. The Apartments Of The Wives The Apartments of the Wives were the residences of those who had born the sultan a child. These apartments, whose lower levels were used as dormitories for servant concubines, are generally believed to have been built at the same time as the Apartment of the Queen Mother (approximately 1585; during the reign of Sultan Murad III). It is also thought that it was the sultan’s wives (or “Kadın Efendi”) who lived in these apartments, and that they were closer to the sultan’s mother than they were to the sultan himself.