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This is the chamber where the Imperial Council (Divan-ı Hümayun) met. The Imperial Council or Imperial Divan was the de facto cabinet of the Ottoman Empire for most of its history. It was initially an informal gathering of the senior ministers presided over by the Sultan in person. In the mid-15th century the Council's composition and function became firmly regulated. The Grand vizier became the Sultan's deputy as the head of government, and assumed the role of chairing the Council. The Imperial Council remained the main executive organ of the Ottoman state until the mid-17th century, after which it lost most of its power to the office of the Grand Vizier. With the Tanzimat reforms of the early 19th century, it was eventually succeeded by a Western-style cabinet government.

Later Ottoman tradition held that it was Mehmed II (Mehmed the Conqueror) who abandoned the practice of presiding over the council in person. Mehmed II's law-code states that the Sultan would observe Council sessions behind a screen, a practice which lasted until the reign of Süleyman the Magnificent.

The Sultan or the Valide Sultan was able to follow deliberations of the council without being noticed from the window with the golden grill.

Exif Data:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Software: Adobe Photoshop 22.5 (Macintosh)
Exposure Time: 1/60
F-Stop: f/3.4
ISO Speed Ratings: 500
Focal Length: 3800/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2021-05-26 08:04
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 2045 kb
GPS: 41.01242456446761, 28.983425996741374

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