The Golden Road is the Harem’s longest, oldest, and most important passageway. It is a vaulted road running the length of the wall that separates the Harem from the Inner Palace Courtyard. The most noteworthy feature of the Golden Road is the colonnaded section in the Harem that passes through the Hall of the Sovereign, defining the edges of the Central Courtyard and the Harem Garden. Before it became known as the Golden Road in the 19th century, this passageway was variously known as the Long... ...More
The Paved Courtyard of The Wives and The Paved Courtyard of The Concubines The Harem of Topkapı Palace (which was supported by many other dynastic palaces, particularly the Old Palace) made up one branch of the Ottoman devşirme system of recruiting young children and training them for state service. The courtyard, the smallest in the Harem and which opens onto the Wives’ Apartments and the Concubines’ Dormitories is known due to its location as both the Paved Courtyard of the Wives and the... ...More
The Apartment of The Favorites and The Chamberlain’s Courtyard Unlike the other courtyards, the Chamberlain’s Courtyard is not entirely enclosed but rather remains open on one side. With the open side looking onto the Harem’s pool, the side of the courtyard that looks onto the Paved Courtyard of the Queen Mother contains the portico known as the Council Place of the Djinn. The upper floor of this portico is the Princes’ Apartments. When the Apartment of the Favorites was built within the... ...More
An inscription found above the Gate of Carriages and dated 1587 states that the gate was constructed in that year on the orders of Sultan Murad III as the entrance to the Harem Apartments.
Due to its position, Harem must be in control always. Because of this, those places which dynasty members and women were living were being under control especially at nights with a domed vestibule with arches connecting to the sentry post in this courtyard