The ceramic stove in Dolmabahce Palace Selamlik
Hiinkar Hamami Odasi, a room for the monarch for getting ready for a bath in the males section, is an excellent example of its kind.
At the office of the Sadrazam [Ottoman Grand Vizier] the Nawab was hospitably treated to coffee and cigars and had a cordial meeting with the Grand Vizier28 when word arrived that Sultan AbdA1/4lhamid was expecting the Nawab's arrival and participation in the selamlik
ceremony.29 Within the mosque, the Nawab was shown by an aide-de-camp to a special location reserved for visiting Muslim dignitaries.
The palace, built when the Ottoman Empire was on the decline and financed with loans from foreign banks, can only be visited on a guided tour, taking you through the Selamlik
, the part of the palace that was reserved for men and that contains the state rooms and the enormous ceremonial hall (its chandelier, bought in England, is said to be the heaviest in the world).
The room in which I found myself was very like its counterpart in the selamlik
, or men's quarter of the establishment--that is to say, it was immense and it was bare.
The several ones younger than her were content with teasing her for her lonely ways; the last of them was now permanently out of the women's haremlik, thank God, and asserting his dubious credentials in the men's selamlik
. The oldest brother, Selim, had married a cow, and was actually content with her.
The palace is divided into two sections - the Selamlik
(ceremonial suites) and Harem-Cariyeler (harem and concubines' quarters).
The Friday prayer ceremony, the Selamlik
, became one such symbol during the Hamidian period, and Deringil compares this ceremony with similar ceremonies in England and Japan.
In the Ottoman culture, sexual segregation in the spatial use of the house manifests itself in 'harem', the part of the house consisting of multi-functioned rooms where domestic life of the whole family takes place occur while 'selamlik
' is the space where man's business and social life is practised (Ozbay, 1996).
Such as the differentiation within the Imperial Palace's organization, 'Enderun', 'Birun' and 'Harem', the konak should include 'Selamlik
' and 'Harem' parts.