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 years old walnut and oak trees. Do not miss this magnificent park surrounded with the most important museums and monuments of Istanbul.
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 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.
Gülhane 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 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.
Located in Sultanahmet -the heart of Istanbul’s historical peninsula- the Gülhane Park is close to the most important sights of Istanbul including Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Blue Mosque and Underground Cistern.