Gulhane Park (meaning “House of Roses Park” in Turkish) is the oldest urban park of Istanbul and it is also one of the largest parks of İstanbul. Adjacent to the Topkapı Palace, for centuries the park served as the outer garden of the Ottoman imperial palace – Topkapı Palace – and was not open to the public.
Until 1912, Gulhane Park was an imperial park, yet it was opened to the public in 1912. Since 1912, it serves as an urban park with its hundreds years old walnut and oak trees. Do not miss this magnificent park surrounded with the most important museums and monuments of Istanbul.
Amazing facts about Gulhane Park
The oldest known monument of Istanbul “Column of the Goths” erected in the late third century CE is located in Gulhane Park. The column is a 18 meters high free-standing marble column located on the east of Gülhane Park.
In 1839 during the Ottoman period, Tanzimat Edict and Tanzimat reforms -modernized the Ottoman Empire- were announced at Gülhane Park therefore It’s also known as Gülhane Edict.
In the months of March and April -during Istanbul Tulip Festial- Gülhane Park is decorated with millions of tulip flowers that creates an amazing landscape. Here you can find the Top 7 parks of Istanbul during the tulip festival.
Gulhane Park is one of the few parks located in historical peninsula of Istanbul and it is a perfect location for walking and running if you are staying close to Sultanahmet.
The Has Ahırlar (Royal Stables) is a part of Gülhane Park, and at present they house the Islamic Science and Technology Museum.
The museum exhibits replicas, built according to written records, of various devices and tools invented and developed by Islamic scientists between the 8th and 16th centuries.
Among them are the world map designed by 70 geographers and astronomers in a thirty-year period in 9th century, and the oldest clock of the world that works in accordance with the time system which is still in use.
We recommend a visit to the museum for an insight into the contribution of scientists from the Islamic world to the world history of science.
How to get to the Gulhane Park?
The easiest way to get the Gulhane Park is to take T1 tram line and get off at Gülhane Tram Station stopping in front of the Gülhane Park entrance.
What else nearby?
Located in Sultanahmet -the heart of Istanbul’s historical peninsula- the Gulhane Park is close to the most important sights of Istanbul including Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Blue Mosque and Underground Cistern.