Chamber of Holy Relics

Kutsal Emanetler Dairesi

The Chamber of Holy Relics was constructed by Sinan under the reign of Sultan Murad III. The core of the collection was brought in the 16th century by sultan Selim I the Sot after Ottoman’s conquer of Egypt and Arabia. The Chamber houses what is considered to be ‘the most sacred relics of the Muslim world’: the cloak of Muhammad, two swords, a bow, one tooth, a hair of his beard, his battle sabres, an autographed letter and other holy relics.

The major relic of the collection is the cloak (mantle) of Muhammad the Prophet in golden reliquary. The rooms of the chamber are richly ornamented; even the Sultan and his family were permitted entrance only once a year, on the 15th day of Ramadan. Today anyone can see these objects coming from the hall to the open door, though still in very dim light (to protect the relics).

The exposition also includes the staff of Moses. Some guides affirm that this is the exact staff that was used at the parting of the Red Sea. The exposition of manuscripts and miniatures reaches 13 thousand pieces. Here one will find unique calligraphies: texts of Koran, poetry and firmans (sultans’ orders).

Address: Topkapı Sarayı Müzesi, Sultanahmet, Fatih
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Sun 26 Oct – 15 Apr 9 am – 4.45 pm, 15 Apr – 26 Oct 9 am – 6.45 pm, Tue closed
How to reach: Gülhane (TR1)
Coordinates: 41.013566, 28.984540