Circumcision Room

The Circumcision Chamber The Circumcision Chamber is a rectangular room with a small adjunct at the back, and was built in the time of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (r. 152066). It later underwent various restorations, acquiring its current appearance in the time of Sultan İbrahim II (r.1640-48). The name “Circumcision Chamber” was not given until later when the space was used for the circumcision of the sons of Sultan Ahmed III (r. 1703-30). It is also said to have been the room where the sultan slept in the summertime. Though the Circumcision Chamber is hardly outstanding from an architectural point of view, it is unique owing to the 16th- and 17th-century tiles on its inner and outer surfaces. There are tombac-grated fireplace, marble window basins, and inscribed fountains but in particular, what stands out are the monolithic blue-white ceramics with “Chi-lin” figures, found on the chamber’s outer surface and done in the “saz” style.