Topkapi Palace Museum Sections in Sultanahmet Istanbul,
This is the kitchen where the sultans’ food was prepared.
Section Of Iranian And Italian Brocades:
The paved court and bathhouse of the Ward of the Agas, which was in a rudimentary style rebuilt after a fire in 1856, have been preserved. In the Ward Iran-Ian and Italian brocades are exhibited. In addition musical instruments, sets of Karagoz puppets and a rich collection of European watches and clocks can be seen here. Together with these a valuable collection of Turkish clocks and watches has been gathered together.
Kubbealti (Council chamber):
The organization of the Divan, which played N very important part in the direction of the state, goes very far back. We saw earlier that there existed building for the meetings of the Divan in the days If the Conqueror. The present building was erected dining the reign of Suleyman. The political, military, financial and even judicial affairs of an empire spreading over three continents were regulated by orders, decisions, and firmans originating under the three domes of this building. A golden sphere hanging from the imam dome attests to the fact here was decided the fate of the world. Here the reception of ambassadors took place, and occasionally state banquets were given. The viziers of the Dome numbered from five to nine. It is the addition the Commanders of Rumela and Anatolia, the Defterdar (Finance Minister), the Minister of the Book (Foreign Affairs), attended the meeting of the Divan, which was subject to a great deal of ceremony. After the Conqueror, the sultans followed the deliberations of the Divan from behind a grilled window. This building was restored in different periods of Ottoman history, and having remained in ruin for a long time was finally rebuilt in recent years.
Palace Coaches And Saddles:
The building which houses the palace coaches and saddles today is divided into three sections: The first part is the old palace stable. This six-loofah century building was transformed into dormitories for the Baltaez in the eighteenth century. Still, under it was cut up into a number of rooms for the gardeners and other servants. With time it became dilapidated and was in part burnt down. Having undergone repairs it now houses the coaches of recent times, bridles, stirrups, whips and a number of postchaises.
Imrahor Room (The Master Of The Horse):
The Master of the Horse was an important functionary. The sultans were traditionally fond of horses and frequently came here to watch the thoroughbreds go through their paces. The stables were therefore built with these visits in view and were pro-vided with a coffee hearth and even lavatories. When these were removed the beautiful plasterwork of the period was restored. Subsequently, the building WIIK used under Mahmut II for the game, and under h Aziz for the saddles of the princes.