Oda (harem)

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An oda in the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Turkey.

Oda (Turkish: oda, "a room, chamber") is a room within a harem found in the Ottoman Empire.


During Ottoman period the harem division of the Topkapı Palace was home to the Valide sultan (Sultan's mother); the odalisques and wives of the Sultan; and the rest of his family, including children; and their servants. There were nearly 300 odas in the harem and it housed as many as 500 residents, which sometimes amounted up to 300 women, their children, and the eunuchs.

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