I took this photo of the sultan’s reception room while visiting the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul in 2005. While this former palace of the Ottomans was splendid, the harem was the most interesting part of my visit. I loved exploring the eunuchs quarters, and the courtyards and apartments of the sultan, his mother, his wives and his concubines. The harem was forbidden to all except the sultan’s family and the eunuchs (security officers).
For more photos of the Topkapi Palace, click here.