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The Concubine Court located at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul Turkey. For the perpetuation of the Ottoman dynasty, beautiful and intelligent girls were brought into the harem and promoted according to their 'capacities'. The concubines with whom the sultan shared his bed became a member of the dynasty and rose in rank to become favorites, consorts, and ultimately the Queen Mother. The Concubines who had borne children to the Sultan formed a group who came next in rank to the Queen Mother. This courtyard was built in the middle of the 16th century. It is surrounded by baths, a laundry, dormitories, and the apartments of the Suntan's chief consorts.
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