Once only exclusive to royalty as an outside garden of Topkapi Palace, Gulhane Park is now accessible to everyone. Find your way to one of the largest and oldest park in Istanbul. Gulhane Park or ‘House of Roses’ in Turkish is located adjacent to the Topkapi Palace. If you want to relax after seeing the nearby famous sights in Istanbul, Gulhane Park is the best place to be.
Opened in 1912 to the public, it used to contain a small zoo that has since been removed. Gulhane Park comes alive in springtime when tulips are in full bloom. Tulips, contrary to popular belief originated and has been cultivated in Istanbul since the Ottoman period. Different tulip varieties bloom magnificently in Gulhane Park during spring making it especially vibrant.
Locals head to Gulhane Park in summer to escape the heat and enjoy walking along the shaded ancient trees. Located on a hillside, you can also enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. Sea breezes waft in letting you relax further. There are plenty of benches to sit in and statues like the great Ataturk and the Column of the Goths to admire. You’ll also find pools, tons of lovely gardens and outdoor cafes to explore.
Inside Gulhane Park is a Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam. What makes this museum fascinating is the world map wherein 70 geographers and astronomers contributed to its design during the 9th century. You also won’t want to miss seeing the world’s oldest clock that still works in perfect rhythm to this day!
The Museum of the History of Science and Technology has an exhibition area of 3,500 square meters. You’ll find remarkable displays of the Islamic Civilization’s inventions. It holds around 570 tools, devices and model collections. You’ll marvel at the creative minds that thought up these inventions from the 9th to the 16th centuries. Another museum you’ll find in the park is the Tanzimat Museum where displays of vital documents and photos in the Ottoman Period can be found.
Make your way to Gulhane Park and enjoy the breathtaking views of nature!
Cankurtaran, Kennedy Cd., 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Daily: 6am - 10:30pm