Harem

The Hall of the Sovereign / The Throne Hall The Hall of the Sovereign— which is located between the Privy Room of Sultan Murad III and the hammams—is the second largest domed space in the Harem, and, from written sources and panoramic paintings of Topkapı Palace, it is apparent that it was constructed sometime in the 1580s, after the Privy Room of Sultan Murad III. It was here that certain musical entertainments, celebrations, and ceremonies were held. The structure’s current state reflects... ...More
The Privy Room of Sultan Murad III The Privy Room of Sultan Murad III is as important in terms of Ottoman architecture as the Harem itself. It was designed and built by the chief architect Sinan in 1579 on the order of the sultan and used as the sultans’ official and private apartment. Its walls are covered with 16th-century İznik tiles. One of the walls has been inscribed, in white writing over blue, with the Verse of the Throne from the Qur’an’s Surah al-Baqarah (2:255). On the lower level of... ...More
The Privy Room of Sultan Ahmed I This room was built in 1608 at the request of Sultan Ahmed I. Its walls are covered with  predominantly green tiles while its windows and cabinet doors are decorated with classical mother-of-pearl inlay techniques.
The Privy Room of Sultan Ahmed III / The Fruit Room This small room of Sultan Ahmed III (r.1703-30) is located between the Hall of the Sovereign and the Privy Room of Sultan Ahmed I, both of which have entrances into the room. This room was constructed during the Tulip Period of 171830, named for the period’s great interest in and demand for flowers and in particular tulips. The reign of Sultan Ahmed III is recognized as the most glorious period of a new style in the Ottoman decorative arts, a... ...More
The Twin Pavilions were constructed in stages in the 17th century on the side of the Central Courtyard next to the entrance of the Privy Room of Sultan Murad III. Beginning in the 18th century, these rooms were used as the Apartment of the Crown Prince. The walls are embellished with 17th-century Iznik tiles while the golden decorations on the wooden dome are quite original.