Court Life
‘The harem was a sacred and private place and entry was not permitted by anyone but the staff.’
In Enderun, there were kiosks and coastal palaces. At the entrance was the Arz Odası (audience hall), where the sultans welcomed ambassadors, viziers and other high-ranking officials.
The harem was a sacred and private place and entry was not permitted by anyone but the staff. It was under the control of the sultan’s mother, or Valide Sultan. She lived there along with the sultan’s children, his favourites, and his concubines (called ikbal and odalisque). Although they all lived in material luxury none of them were allowed to sit next to the sultan or go out of the palace without his permission.
Topkapı Palace

Construction began in hegira 9th century / AD 15th century, during the reign of Sultan Mehmed II (his second reign: AH 855–86 / AD 1451–81); the last addition was made under Sultan Abdülmecid ['Abd al-Majid] (r. AH 1255–77 / AD 1839–61) in hegira 13th century / AD 19th century
Ottoman
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Built to commemorate the re-conquest of Baghdad, this beautiful kiosk has a gorgeous view of the Golden Horn.