Topkapi's Harem

By JC, Germany, October 2011

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The word “harem” comes to us from Arabic via Turkish, but its original meaning got lost in translation. Whereas we understand it to mean a store of readily available concubines, it actually meant ‘forbidden’ or ‘private’, and was applied to the part of a house or palace closed to outsiders.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Istanbul Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading and to learn about more things to do in Istanbul.

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