Outer Treasury

The External Treasury Built during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the eight-domed External Treasury (located adjacent to the Domed Chamber) served as the official imperial treasury. The great quantities of gold and silver, stored in large jars in the treasury, were the impetus behind numerous “internal affairs” that transpired in the empire’s last years. Much of the money and valuables constituting the empire’s expenditures were stored here, among them the stipend paid to the sultan’s household soldiers once every three months (ulûfe dîvânı); the special money and valuables (known as surre-i hümâyûn) sent to the holy sites in Mecca and Medina (haremeyn-i şerîfeyn); and the money distributed when a new sultan was enthroned (cülûs bahşîşi). Currently, the External Treasury houses the museum’s weapons collection.