Harem

The Privy Chamber of Sultan Murat III (III. Murat Has Odası) dated to the first construction period (1578 and 1590) of the Harem, is the oldest and finest surviving room in the Harem, having retained its original interior. It was erected in 1579 on the orders of Sultan Murat III by the master architect Sinan, on the emplacement of the former privy chamber believed to have belonged to Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. The structure was utilized for several centuries as the private quarters and... ...More
The Privy Chamber of Sultan Ahmet I was built in 1608 in front of the Privy Chamber of Murat III. It is a domed dwelling in cut-stone erected on high-arched buttresses, attributed to the chief architect of the period (the above-mentioned) Sedefkâr Mehmet Agha. The entrance is highlighted through a high-arched ceiling coated with plain green tiles. Window shutters and cabinet doors are inlaid with nacre, tortoiseshell and ivory.   The window on the left hand side was converted at the... ...More
The small but very colourful Privy Chamber of Ahmet III (III. Ahmet Has Odası) built in 1705 with walls adorned with panels of floral designs and fruit compositions painted in the Edirnekâri technique (named after the city of Edirne, known as the homeland of the best wood-painting artists) was therefore also known as the Fruit Room (Yemiş Odası) and probably used for dining purposes by the Sultans. The shaded colouring seen on these ornaments drawn in miniature technique reflects a then new... ...More
The Twin Kiosk / Apartments of the Crown Prince (Çifte Kasırlar / Veliaht Dairesi) consist of two privy chambers both with classical fireplaces, built in the 17th century, but at different times. One of the units is domed; the other has a wooden ceiling. The hall located at the entrance is thought to have been built by Sultan Murat IV; and the one situated inside is believed to have been built by Sultan Mehmet IV.  The Twin Kiosk has been used as the privy chamber of the Crown Princes from... ...More
The Golden Road (Altınyol) is a narrow passage that forms the axis of the Harem, dating from the 15th century. It extends between the Courtyard of the Harem Eunuchs (Harem Ağaları Taşlığı) and the Privy Chamber (Has Oda). The Sultan used this passage to pass to the Harem, the Privy Chamber and the Sofa-i Hümâyûn, the Imperial (Marble) Terrace located at the Enderûn Courtyard. It is estimated that the attribute "golden" is originating from the tradition of the Sultans’ throwing of golden coins... ...More