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Gulhane Park : The Point of Ottoman Revolution

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  • Where is the Gulhane Park?
  • How to get to Gulhane Park?
  • The History of Gulhane Park

Gülhane Park is a historical park located in Eminönü district of Fatih district of Istanbul. Alay Mansion is located between Topkapı Palace and Sarayburnu. Gulhane Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Istanbul, which attracts both local and foreign tourists with its beautiful gardens, flowers, pools and recreational areas. There is also one of the fantastic and unique museums of the world called Islamic Science and Technology History Museum in the park. The park, which has been in a very bad and dilapidated condition for years, was restored by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 2003 and brought to a state that will not look like its old glorious days. Gulhane Park still serves as one of the most beautiful and impressive parks in Istanbul. It is very popular with both tourists and locals. In Gülhane Park, which covers a very large area, there are beautiful gardens, trees, pools and outdoor cafes with impressive Bosphorus views. You can relax in one of the open-air cafes in the park and enjoy the peaceful environment accompanied by the Bosphorus view. It is a very interesting and worldwide unique museum where you can observe the evolution of different scientific branches in the creative period of Islamic civilization, especially between the 9th and 16th centuries. If you have come to Gulhane Park, you should definitely visit it. The museum is open to visitors every day between 09:00 am and 05:00 pm. The entrance fee is 18 TL. The museum card is valid.

The History of Gülhane Park?

Gülhane Park was the outer garden of Topkapı Palace during the Ottoman Empire period and contained a grove and rose gardens. The Tanzimat Edict, the first concrete step of democratization in Turkish history, was read by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mustafa Reşit Pasha in the Gülhane Park on November 3, 1839, and is therefore also called the Gülhane Hatt-ı Hümayunu. The city of Istanbul was organized in the time of operator Cemil Pasha (Topuzlu) and turned into a park in 1912 and opened to the public. Its total area is up to 163 acres. On the right at the entrance to the park are the city of Istanbul and busts of the mayors. A road with trees passes through the middle of the park on both sides. There are resting places and a playground on the right and left of this road. There is a statue of Aşık Veysel to the right of the slope that curves towards the Bosphorus, and the Goths Column from the Romans is at the top towards the end of the slope. Sarayburnu Park part used to be connected to the main park with a bridge over the Sirkeci Railway line. This part was later separated from the park by the coastal road (1958). In the Sarayburnu section, there is the first statue of Atatürk erected after the Republic (October 3, 1926). The statue was made by Australian architect Kripel. Atatürk showed the Latin letters to the public for the first time in this park on September 1, 1928. While Atatürk’s body was sent to Ankara, the last ceremony in Istanbul was held in the Sarayburnu section of Gülhane Park on November 19, 1938. The coffin was taken from the cannon cart by 12 generals and placed on the Zafer destroyer, which approached a pontoon at the dock to be taken to the battleship Yavuz.

How to Get to Gulhane Park?

Gülhane Park is located between Sirkeci and Topkağı Palace. Transportation is very easy. You can easily reach by walking from Sirkeci or Sultanahmet.

Transportation to Sirkeci is very easy. IETT Municipality Buses operate from many parts of Istanbul to Sirkeci and Eminönü. 5 minutes walking distance between Eminönü and Sirkeci.

It is possible to reach Sirkeci by City Lines Ferries from Kadıköy and Üsküdar, by Marmaray from Üsküdar, by Tram from Kabataş to Bağcılar-Kabataş (T1 line), by funicular from Taksim to Kabataş and by tram.

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