Behind the doors of the Topkapi harem

Until 1909 the rooms of the Harem of Topkapı were bustling with life. Sultan’s concubines and wives, Sultan validé, the children of the Sultan and the eunuchs all lived in this part of the Palace of Topkapı, whose name “Harem” comes from the Arabic word “Haram”, prohibited, secret, secluded.

The section of the Palace is situated carefully, so that it could not be seen either from the state apartments or from the courtyard, where public affairs took place.
At that time, only the Sultan and his sons could enter into the hundreds of rooms which hosted beautiful girls coming from every corner of the empire, to form the feminine household of the Sultan’s Palace.

topkapi harem

Come on! Your sense of anticipation is tangible! Are you looking for an odalisque? Are you asking yourself what will find behind those closed doors? Well, Ylmaz Tufan takes you into those rooms… as well as in many highlights in Turkey in VRMag’s article and interview.

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