Topkapı Harem Section

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It is the place of the palace that the real drama took place

Harem was the private house of the women who were in relationships with the Sultan. As a private section of the palace, Topkapı Harem Section was available only to the family of the Sultan and his concubines. Even though it is portrayed as a sex dungeon, Harem was in fact a school that endowed women with art and science as these women not only entertained the Sultan but also brought up the future sultans.

About The Topkapı Harem Section

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Visiting Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (Except Tuesday)



Iznik tile adorned rooms.

It is open every day except for Tuesdays.

One can walk where the Sultans walked before and see their private lives.

Architectural amazements throughout the section.



Free entry to Topkapı Harem Section


About Topkapı Harem Section

Harem is a mesmerizing part of the Topkapı Palace with almost 300 hundred rooms that are ornamented by famous İznik tiles. Once inside the Harem, the master works of the architect Mimar Sinan catches the eyes of the beholder as well as the works of the Tulip Era in the Ottoman history. In addition to the well adorned rooms, the baths within the Harem show what is it that made the Harem a dream for the others. The Harem is a hierarchical place and even the names in the Harem suggests so. With names varying from the “Apartments of the Queen Mother” to the “Apartments of the Favourites,” the famous struggles and plots for power are almost justified. The 300 years of expansion of the Harem is ready for visitors to be fascinated by the lives of the former dwellers.

The Oriental dream is physical and it is right in front of you!

The Harem has been a fruitful subject for many artists, especially the painters. Now, you can see what artists have been dreaming about for centuries with your own eyes. While walking down the halls, you can imagine the plots and entertainments that took place in these places. The famous Turkish baths withing the Topkapı Harem Section are tempting any passenger to take a glance since these were built as worthy of the desires of Sultans and the royal family. You can see the Hagia Sophia Hurrem Sultan Bathhouse in your visit to the Harem and see for yourself what the concubines did for favour during their life in the Harem.

The Topkapı Harem Section is a very popular destination for those who would like to look at the private parts of the Ottoman Dynasty’s past. With Istanbul Tourist Pass, you get a free ticket and no waiting queue advantages! Istanbul Tourist Pass’ advantages are countless, and it is a privilege to be in the Harem even today. So don’t forget to take up on this opportunity.

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Visiting Hours: 10:00 - 18:00

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Topkapı Harem Section Frequently Asked Questions

When can the Harem be visited?

The Harem Section of the Topkapı Palace can be visited every day except for Tuesdays. It is open from 9.00 to 18.00.

What is the purpose of the Harem Section?

The Topkapı Harem Section was the real home of the royal family of the Ottoman Dynasty. The concubines, their children and the former queen lived in this private section of the palace, waiting for the Sultan to honor them with his presence.

What is in the Harem Section?

The Harem Section consists of more than 300 rooms, in addition bathrooms and 2 mosques that is located within the Harem.

Were women in the Harem free?

The women of the Harem were either non-Muslim women who were captured during Ottoman conquests or the gifts of other powerful men.

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