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The previous day, we had got those self-guided talking wands at Dolmabahçe Palace. Since we were not allowed to take any photographs indoors, that was alright. Even then, I found it a burden to hold that thing to my ear towards the end of the tour. This day, I was intent on taking photos and I was going to keep my hands free for the camera. So I did not take one of those wands. Therefore, by the time I decided to upload this photo, I had forgotten what it was exactly other than that it was after the entrance to the Harem, for which one had to pay extra.

Harem comes from the same root as the Arabic word "haram," meaning forbidden. In this usage, a harem is where the females of the household live and is, therefore, forbidden to any male other than the head of the household.

An image search yielded the fact that this is the bathroom for the "Zülüflü Baltacılar Koğuşu" (Dormitory of the Halberdiers with Tresses). These people were soldiers and servants responsible for carrying wood to the palace, cleaning and serving in the Harem, and moving the Sultan’s throne. They wore two long tresses that hung down under their headdresses to signify their important position. Their dormitory is just outside the official harem. This is a view of the hammam for the halberdiers.

Exif Data:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Software: Adobe Photoshop 22.4 (Macintosh)
Exposure Time: 1/50
F-Stop: f/3.4
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 3800/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2021-05-26 04:46 (EDT)
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 1332 kb
GPS: 41.012478438115764, 28.983104133640186

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