The Harem in the Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace located in Istanbul was the residence of the Ottoman Turk sultans for four centuries. The harem was located within the Sultan’s apartments. They were the imperial family quarters, and every detail of Harem life was governed by tradition, obligation and ceremony.

Every traditional Muslim household had two distinct parts: the selamlık (greeting room) where the master greeted friends, business associates and tradesmen; and the harem (private apartments), reserved for himself and his family. Check out the pics.

Tomorrow, the Inhabitants of the Harem.  RitaBay

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  1. Enjoying your posts, Rita. We were in Istanbul a couple of years ago and visited the Topkapi Palace. Loved the library and gardens. We didn’t get to the harem in the end because of the time but I’m sure we’ll be back. Istanbul is an amazing place.

    • So cool, Romy. Would love to go there. Fascinating history. Rita Rita Bay ritabay.com “His Obsession”Siren BookStrand,April 12, 2012 “His Desire” Siren BookStrand,May24, 2012 “Into the Lyon’s Den”Champagne Books,August, 2012

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