Courtyard II

The structure used for the horses of the Sultan and of the Enderûn aghas (ağalar) is dated to the first period of the palace. The stable sheltering a certain number of selected horses belonging to the Sultan was under the responsibility of the stableman (imrahor). The space covered with a single dome and the connecting rooms located at the north end of the rectangular-shaped structure served as storage hall for the valuable harnesses and saddles of the Sultan, the “Imperial Harness Treasury” (... ...More
The mosque and baths were built in 1736 by Hadji Beshir Agha (Hacı Beşir Ağa), the Chief Eunuch of the Palace (Dârü’s-saâde Ağası) during the time Sultan Mahmut I, for the use of the Imperial Stables officials. The structure is elevated off the ground (fevkani) and constructed in neo- classical style. The walls of the mosque are covered with stone-brick masonry imitation plasters in accordance with the fashion of the 18th century.  It has a single minaret. All wooden parts and the loge... ...More
The Palace Kitchens also referred to as the Main Kitchen (Mâtbah-ı Âmire) serving the Sultan, the people of the Enderûn and the Harem open onto the Second Courtyard through the doors of the Main Pantry (Kiler-i Âmire), the Privy Kitchen (Has Mutfak) and the kitchen section where desserts and candies were made, the Helvahâne which are situated in the rear of the cloisters.  Placed on three sides of an elongated inner courtyard are the Sherbet & Jam Room (Şerbethane / reçelhane), the... ...More
The Gate of Felicity (Bâbü’s-saâde or Bab-üs Saâdet) is the entrance into the Inner Court (Enderûn), also known as the Third Courtyard, marking the border to the Outer Court or Birûn. The Third Courtyard comprises the private and residential areas of the palace, including the Enderûn School.  The Sultan used this gate, which symbolized his might, and the Divan Meydanı square only for special events such as the accession to the throne ceremony (cülûs), the Bayram... ...More
The inscription originally belonged to the Fortress of Sokhumi on the Black Sea coast built under Sultan Ahmet III (1703-30). It was brought to the Imperial Palace during the Ottoman - Russian War (1877-78). An 1877-dated monogram (tughra) of Sultan Abdülhamit II crowns the introduction of the epigraph in verse.