Main Entrance

The Harem’s Main Gate (also known as the Royal Gate (Saltanat Kapısı)) opens onto the guardhouse, to which are connected the Harem’s three main divisions. This area is a domed vestibule with arches. The door on the left leads through the Gallery of the Concubines to the Paved Courtyard of the Concubines and Wives. The door in the center leads to the Paved Courtyard of the Queen Mother (known as the Vâlide Sultan) and the door on the right leads to the Golden Road and the sultan’s private apartments. Gate separating the Harem from the Paved Courtyard of the Black Eunuchs