Dormitory of Privy Chamber/Sultans Portrait

The Privy Room Aghas The Privy Room Aghas came from the highest ranks of the Inner Palace school. The young boys (iç oğlanları) who were to be primed for this group were chosen from among the school’s best and brightest pupils. The Privy Room Aghas would spend all their time in the presence or proximity of the sultan, and were charged not only with serving him, but also with the maintenance and preservation of the holy relics. When the dormitory of the Privy Room Aghas was converted into the Handcloth Room in the 19th century, the colonnaded inner courtyard in front of the building was enclosed and turned into a dormitory. Currently, this space is used to exhibit the portraits of the sultans.