Topkapi Palace Imperial Harem
The Privy Chamber of Sultan Murad III was constructed in 1578 and designed by Chief Architect Sinan. It is decorated with ornate Iznik tiles from the 16th century and has been used since as the official and private apartment of the Sultan. The Imperial Harem was the inner sanctum of the Topkapi Palace where the Sultan and his family lived. Standing on a peninsular overlooking the Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn, Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years (1465–1856) of their 624-year reign.