Harem Apartments - Favourite 1; The Imperial Harem, private living quarters of the Sultan and his family, is located towards the Golden Horn. This was a forbidden section of the palace, consisting of several structures and quarters, resided by sultans, queen mothers, sultan's consorts, first wife, favourites, princes, concubines and Black Eunuchs guarding the Harem. Different rooms built by sultans living here from the 16th century to mid-19th century reflect the development of Turkish court architecture and decoration. Every functional and hierarchical group in the Harem had their own rooms around a courtyard. Those rooms were the apartments of Black Eunuchs, Concubines, Queen Mother, Consorts, Princes and the Sultan.