It is certainly one of the most beautiful parks in Istanbul with tall plane trees, green grass and benches to have a rest during a busy touring day. You can bring your own food, lay on the grass and take a picnic in the park like local people do. Even at the height of the midsummer Istanbul hot, you may feel cool under the great plane trees!
At the end of the park, there are tea gardens. You can drink tasty tea or turkish coffee for a few liras and look down over the magnificent views of the Bosphorus and the Marmara sea.
Its name Gulhane literally means 'rose house' because the park was endowed with roses during the Ottoman era. Then, it was the outer garden of the Topkapi Palace. Since 1912, it is a huge public park with its tall trees, various flowers and statues. The first statue of Ataturk in Turkey which is made by Heinrich Krippel is situated in this park. Besides, Column of the Goths dates back the 4th century is also located in there.
Gulhane Park has a historical importance, because the first step of the democratisation movement in the Ottoman Empire took in this park, the Rescript of Gulhane (Tanzimat Fermani in Turkish) was declared here in 1839.
Gulhane park hosted a zoo for decades but was closed due to lack of funds.
World famous Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet wrote his Walnut Tree poem for Gulhane park. Decades later his poem was used in what became one of the most popular songs of Turkish rock by Cem Karaca with a song with the same name, Walnut Tree.
Another famous Turkish poet Behcet Necatigil has written "Bayram Ziyareti" poem for this park.
In addition, The Museum of The History of Science and Technology in Islam which display replicas of inventions of Muslim world between the area of the 8th and 16th centuries. It is located on the western part of the park.
After the visiting Topkapi Palace or Archeology Museums, you can visit this amazing park. It is a great place to relax and have a peaceful time!
The transportation is very easy because just in front of the park there is a tram station for Gulhane or a 10 minute walk down from Sultanahmet.Gulhane Park on Istanbul Map