Palace Kitchens Opened

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Palace kitchens comprised of buildings arranged along a 170 metre-long courtyard/street in the 2nd courtyard of the Palace facing the Sea of Marmara appear as a separate neighbourhood with their attachments.

Although the architecture of the kitchens, built in the same place during the reign of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, is not known, it is known that the first two domed structures adjacent to the Cooks' Mosque has remained from this period and that the kitchens were extended due to an increase in the palace population during the reign of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman (1520 - 1566), that the kitchens and living quarters were renewed by Chief Architect Sinan after the fire of 1574 and that the street in front was widened and the porticoes were brought to the front towards the courtyard.

The Palace Kitchens, Helvahane and Quarters where collections were displayed chronologically in the past are opened to visitors with a thematic arrangement introducing the Palace Kitchens that served for 400 years, and the culinary culture.