The Harem is a section of the private apartments of the Turkish sultans in the beautiful Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. It housed the sultan’s mother, wives, concubines, children and their staff, with each hierarchical group having it’s own quarters grouped around a courtyard. This section of the palace is extensive with many rooms, most of which are not open to the public even now. The decoration of the whole palace is richly coloured using ornate tile-work, screens and fountains. This is just a section of the lavish adornment found all through the royal apartments.