Gülhane 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, Gülhane 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 of years old walnut and oak trees. Do not miss this magnificent park surrounded by the most important museums and monuments of Istanbul.
Amazing facts about Gülhane Park
- The oldest known monument of Istanbul “Column of the Goths” erected in the late third century CE is located in Gülhane Park. The column is an 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 Festival- Gülhane Park is decorated with millions of tulip flowers that create an amazing landscape. Here you can find the Top 7 parks of Istanbul during the tulip festival.
- Gülhane Park is one of the few parks located in the historical peninsula of Istanbul and it is a perfect location for walking and running if you are staying close to Sultanahmet.
How to get to Gülhane Park?
The easiest way to get the Gülhane Park is to take T1 tram line and get off at Gülhane Tram Station stopping in front of the Gülhane Park entrance.