Fourth Court

The Fourth Place consists of the Tulip Garden and the terrace called Imperial Hall (Sofa-i Hümâyûn). The Pond Terrace also called Marble Hall was extended in the direction facing the Golden Horn with the addition of new pavilions in the first half of the 17th century under Sultan Murat IV (1623-1640) and Sultan Ibrahim (1640-1648). The arcades of the Marble Sofa took their current form in 1916.

The wooden Hall Kiosk used as privy chamber by the sultans and the Stone Pavilion/ Hekimbaşı (Chief Physician) Tower located in the Lâla (Tulip) Garden below the Pond Terrace have survived up until our present-day. There were various vineyards and fruit trees including orange and lemon trees in addition to the multitude of flower beds adorned with a variety of roses, tulips, hyacinths, carnations and jasmine flowers in the Tulip Garden.

On the Tulip Garden wing facing the Sea of Marmara is located the Grand Kiosk, also known as the Mecidiye Kiosk, Grand Pavilion or Kiosk of Abdülmecit I (Mecidiye Köşkü), built in Empire style in 1840, which was the last significant addition to the palace, along with the neighbouring Wardrobe Chamber (Esvap Odası) and the Hall Mosque (Sofa Camii), built on the orders of Sultan Abdülmecit I. The Tulip Garden is connected to the current public leisure ground Gülhane Park, the old imperial rose garden, through the towered Mabeyn (Interval) Gate bearing the mark of Serkis Balyan, the famous Ottoman imperial architect, who constructed the above-mentioned Mecidiye Kiosk.