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Divan-ı Hümayun (3 Subjects)

The niche from which the Sultan secretly watched the caucus of the Divan, the higher governmental body. Here, the Sultan is coming out to intervene.


View of the Second Courtyard of the Topkapi Palace, also known as the outer courtyard. On the left the Imperial Harem and Divan. On the right the Imperial Kitchens. In the background the Gate of Felicity, leading to the Third Courtyard of the Palace.


Higher-ranking Ottoman administrative official, member of the Divan (high governmental body).