The Golden Way

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 to be picked up by the concubines, on the occasion of their accession to the throne.