Soğukçeşme Street that lies between Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia with its historical houses or Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu that goes down to Archaeology Museums from the first courtyard of the Palace takes you to Gülhane Park. Gülhane Park that has the look of a private grove was the outer garden within the borders of Topkapi Palace. This place was the location for various entertainment and shows including javelin and wrestling. During the construction of Archaeology Museum, the garden was laid out and opened to public with the museum.
Gulhane Park Map
On this picture, you can see where is the Gulhane Park.
The road that passes from the middle of the park is connected to Sarayburnu. On the right of the road, the cistern from 5th century, found in the arrangements in 1913 has a rectangular plan with a size of 18×12 meters. At the section of the park that is close to Sarayburnu, there is Goth’s Column which is the oldest Roman work of Istanbul. The column erected on a high base is 15 meters long and it has a Corinth heading on its top.
Gulhane Park Tulip and Cafe
This park is located in Fatih district of Istanbul and so close to Eminonu. Also when you come to this park, you can see its amazing designed tulip. Actually, tulip is very populer for this city, because of Islamic belief system. This is why, so many Ottoman structure or artwork have the symbol of tulip. Even they used in the intro movie of Istanbul.
By the way, you can find so many cafe and restaurant in the vicinity of Gulhane Park. It is near the Sultanahmet Square and this part of the city is usally crowded. This is why you can find different kind of cafe and restaurant.
Gulhane Park History
Gulhane Park used to be one of the royal gardens attached to Topkapi Palace. Today, it takes pride in housing the Islamic Science and Tecnology Historical Museum.
The Museum features replicas of significant invetions and discoveries by Muslim scientists covering a long period between the 8th and 16th centruies. The items range from instruments used in the fields of astronomy, geography, chemistry and geometry to optics, medicine, architecture, physics and war tecnologies.The replicas are based on information found in manuscripts by the Muslim scientists who inveted them. The museum is fruit of estensive studies by Fuat Sezgin, who, in 1982, founded the Instutue for Arabic and Islamic Studies under Frankfurt Goethe University. Presenting concrete evidence of the often undervalued contrubutions of Islam to human civilization, the museum is a must see for all visitors.
In the Vicinity of Gulhane Park
The museum was founded in 1981 as Müze-i Humayun (Imperial Museum). Two side wings were added in 1902 and 1908, and in 1991, on the 100th anniversary of its establishment, the museum was enlarged with a new section. The architect of the original building was Alexdander Vallaury. On the right side are located the sculpture Halls of the Antique Age. Unique examples of sculpture from antiquity, streching un until the end of the Roman Era, are exhibited in the halls.
The first hall contains antique carvings and reliefs; these are flowed by treasures from the Persian reign in Anotlia; the Kanan Erim Hall is where relics from Aphrodisias are displayed; the room known as “The there Marble cities of Anatolia.” is where works from Ephesus, Milets and and Aphrodiasias are found; there are also different sections where visitors can see works from Hellenistic and Roman Periods.