The Imperial Council (Dîvân-ı Hümâyûn) building is the chamber in which the ministers of state, council ministers (Dîvân Heyeti), the Imperial Council, consisting of the Grand Vizier (Paşa Kapısı), viziers, and other leading officials of the Ottoman state, held meetings. It is also called Kubbealtı, which means "under the dome", in reference to the dome in the council main hall. It is situated in the northwestern corner of the courtyard next to the Gate of Felicity.
From the moment I arrived in Istanbul I liked the sound of the call to prayer; I find it comforting, somehow. When I moved into my first apartment in this city I was happy to find that the call of the muezzin (the man who “sings” the call to prayer from the minarets) in the small mosque just behind me was probably my favorite of all the calls I’d heard so far. Believe me, not all muezzins are created equal. Some have great voices and others not so great. And yes, it is definitely live.