The best and easiest way to escape from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul (not to mention the annoying tour guides and merchants) is to visit scenic Gulhane Park. Located on the northwest side of of Topkapi Palace (and serving as the entrance to the palace grounds), Gulhane Park is a gorgeous and peaceful sanctuary with soft green grass, tall shady trees, and walkways dotted with park benches. We sought refuge there more than once and always enjoyed our time there. It's also a great place to bring a carry-out lunch and eat at your leisure. If you plan ahead enough you can even have a relaxing picnic on the grass. We concluded that there must be some law against solicitation inside the park, because no one ever approached us trying to sell us anything. Gulhane Park is the only part of Istanbul about which I can say that (except inside museums and mosques).
Gulhane Park, is one of the oldest in Istanbul. I think you can see this, as the Avenue of Plane Trees that you walk through are huge!
"Gulhane" in the past, prior to the Ottomans, had military depots in the park during the Byzantine era, then the Mangana Palace was built. Because the Hagios Georgios Monastery and the Sacred Fountain were also nearby, this was actually a sacred piece of land.
When Topkapi Palace fell out of grace and Dolmabahce Palace was favored by the Sultans, this place was made a Rose garden so that Topkapi Palace would enjoy the fragrances of Roses. Pavilions were pulled down and even trees were up-rooted. There used to be a small zoo, and that is long gone too.
I visited in June, and the Roses were beautiful. I have read that when its Tulip season, they are a picture in this park.
In fact the whole gardens were well maintained and there were pretty floral beds. Not all of the Fountains were working, which was a shame.
On the Sunday, it was crowded with people, so I went back on a weekday to get some photos and it was a lot quieter.
A nice spot in a crowded city!
Gülhane Park (House of Roses) is a historical, urban park in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is the oldest and one of the largest public parks in Istanbul. It is located between the Topkapý Palace and Sarayburnu. The entrance of the park has one of the larger gates of the palace. The park is spread over a very large area and has very interesting and rare kinds of trees and bushes.
When I was a kid we were coming to this park for picnic.Yes Turkish style picnic.dozens of kid
with mothers.And we bring balls and our tea pots and Small gas tubes.We play ball or other games with kid under the old trees during the summer.
This place was open to public.Like a picnic area or a small forest in the city.Now it is well planned park and modern.This is good maybe but not warm.Not like my children times.
Gülhane Park was once part of the imperial garden of Topkapý Palace and mainly consisted of a grove. A section of the outer garden was planned as a park by the municipality and opened to the public in 1912. The park previously contained recreation areas, coffee houses, playgrounds etc. Later, a small zoo was opened within the park. The first statue of Atatürk in Turkey was erected in this park, in 1926
The park went through a major renovation in recent years. During the renovation, the zoo, funfair and picnic grounds have been removed and the open space ratio was increased. The excursion routes were re-arranged and the big pool was restored in a modern style. Concrete structures were turned to open space areas and the park gained its natural landscape of the 1950s, with the view of the old trees dating from the 1800s, which were hidden behind the concrete buildings.
The old barracks within the area of Gülhane is expected to be converted to a cultural center in due course. This center is going to host a library and an exhibition hall, together with a workshop on kilim and handicrafts
This column is the oldest monument in the city that has survived intact from the Roman period. The 15m high monolithic marble column on an elevated base was erected in either the 3rd or the 4th centuries. The Corinthian capital is decorated with a coat of arms depicting eagles. The name derives from the inscription on the column that mentions a victory against the Goths.
It is located near Topkapi Palace walls, nearer the top of the hill in Gulhane Park.
Also around this area, are Tea houses overlooking the Bosphorus, what a view to enjoy a cup of tea with!
oldest park in the city, spread over a very large area and has very interesting and rare kinds of trees and bushes, it used to be a zoo (like said Orhan Pamuk in "Istanbul-Memories of the City" strange it was considered being a zoo, because all you could see from fauna there..were 3 cats and 2 goats all sitting in same cage:) after 2 years renovation now the park looks like in 1950s and some trees are more that 200 years old
Gulhane Park borders the northern border of the Topkapi Palace, entered by a pathway from the first courtyard and also through a massive gate from an adjacent city street. During Byzantine times, it was an area of military barracks. The Ottomans recognized its potential as a park and created an elaborate refuge for the sultans. The name means "rosehouse park" and it was filled with roses, other exotic plants and trees, as well as assorted pavillions and even a museum. After the Topkapi was abandoned, the park was gradually developed with a small and apparently decripit zoo and a funpark and became a gathering place for locals. In 2000, a three year renovation did away with all the "attractions" and new walkways were built surrounded by immaculate lawns, beautiful 18th C trees, and assorted monuments. In the midst of the hustle of the Sultanahamet district, the park is a welcome peaceful interlude in an otherwise hectic day.
Today, there are by law no vendors, no grills, no attractions - just a peaceful walk on well tended pathways between columns of oriental plane trees ( image 1 ). Off to one side, a large rose garden ( image 4 )recalls history. Very few benches are seen in the park and walking on the lawns is frowned upon. Most people stroll back and forth, taking in the views of the water (image 2 ) and the stylized plantings.
Do note that the park is in the shape of a semicircle heading downhill and ending far away from Sultanahamet and public transportation. It is an easy walk down the hill, a far longer walk back up the hill to return to the rest of the city.
Not easy seing the sights on a hot sunny day here,I found this nice park so decided to take a rest,a policeman was passing so I asked him to take my picture while I rested,it is a very famous park in Istanbul ..
Gulhane park is a nice wide green place, full of tulips, at least in early May. It is believed, that park was formerly used as Topkapi Palace Park.
Here a sculpture of Ataturk is located, also one part of former defensive wall houses so called parade kiosk. It was used for sultans to watch different kind of parades in city.
It used to be the Rose garden of the Topkapi Palace. It has been turned into a public park. It is located just in the heart of Sultanahmet and it is the right place to take a walk or rest after a busy day.
I like the atmosphere of "Gulhane Park" .... Just after several steps from the main gate, suddenly the rush and the noise of the city is over and u r away from all the hassle .... Considering that Istanbul is about 16 million populated mega city, this park is like a heaven for the locals and also for the tourists aiming fresh air and superb nature just in the heart of the megapol ... )
Its a historical urban park in the Eminonu and its located adjacent to and on the grounds of the Topkapı Palace. The south entrance of the park sports one of the larger gates of the palace. It is the oldest and one of the most expansive public parks in Istanbul.
The park underwent a major renovation in recent years; the removal of the zoo, fun fair and picnic grounds affecting an increase in open space. The excursion routes were re-arranged and the big pool was renovated in a modern style. With concrete structures removed the park regained the natural landscape of the 1950s, revealing trees dating from the 1800s.
The Museum of The History of Science and Technology in Islam is located in the former stables of Topkapı Palace, on the western edge of the park. The museum features 140 replicas of inventions of the 8th to 16th centuries, from astronomy, geography, chemistry, surveying, optics, medicine, architecture, physics and warfare.
Am sure u will like if u spare some time for "Gulhane Park" on your Istanbul visit .. :)
I took a morning stroll through this quiet park and enjoyed the peace.
It is on the grounds of the Topkapı Palace and contains the Goths Column (Turkish: Gotlar Sütunu), dating from Roman times, which commemorates a Roman victory over the Goths. The park also is home to the Museum of The History of Science and Technology in Islam.
It's a good place for some fresh air and you can also get some lovely views of the Bosphorous
Gülhane Park, literally Rosehouse Park, is the large green space that sprawls out beneath Topkapi Palace, on the north face of Seraglio Hill. It was gradually opened to the public in the last years of the Ottoman Empire, and it was converted to a park in its entirety during the initial years of the Republic. The Park fell into disrepair over the years but was restored to its former glory in 2003 by the city of Istanbul. It contains tree-lined walks as well as several gardens, including a rose garden. It is also the site of the Istanbul Science, Islam and Technology Museum.
Gulhane Park was once part of the outer garden of Topkapi Palace and mainly consisted of a grove. A section of the outer garden was planned as a park by the municipality and opened to the public in 1912. The park previously contained recreation areas, coffee houses, playgrounds etc. Later, a small zoo was opened within the park. The first statue of Ataturk in Turkey was erected in the park in 1926 and it is the oldest and one of the most expansive public parks in Istanbul.
Gülhane Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Istanbul, and it lies adjacent to and on Topkapki Palace. The park was opened tot he public in n 1912, and it originally featured a zoo, cafes, and other facilities. Today the park contains The Museum of The History of Science and Technology in Islam, the Roman era Goths Column, and lots of open space, flower gardens and groves of trees. One large cafe sits on the cliffs above the Bosporus. The park covers some 40 acres of beautiful land.
I also noticed a fenced off section of Roman ruins, and a small monument with a cross.
According to an article I read, this is "the ruins of what appears to be an early Byzantine structure, consisting of a series of small rooms fronted by a rather irregular colonnade. These ruins have never been thoroughly investigated and their date and identity have not been established."
Next to Topkapi Palace and the Archaeology museum is this large park that runs from Sultanahmet to the golden horn