Gülhane Park - Istanbul, Turkey
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rikitan
N 41° 00.641 E 028° 58.735
35T E 666407 N 4541828
Quick Description: Gülhane Park is a historical urban park in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is located adjacent to and on the grounds of the Topkapi Palace.
Location: Turkey
Date Posted: 3/21/2015 1:59:36 AM
Waymark Code: WMNJ1A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
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Long Description:

Gülhane Park

Gülhane Park used to be the exterior yard of Topkapi Palace during the Ottoman Period, encompassing rose gardens and a grove. Gülhane was landscaped and transformed into a park in 1912 during the period of Cemil Topuzlu, former Mayor of Istanbul, and became public. Its total area is around 163 decares. On the right side of the entrance lie the busts of former mayors.

A path of trees on both sides passes through the center of the park. Right and left to this path, there are some resting places and a playground. On the right side of the slope curling through the Bosphorus, there is the sculpture of Asik Veysel and a little above at the end of the slope lies the Column of the Goths from the Romans.

Sarayburnu Park used to be in the main park, connected by a bridge over Sirkeci railway line. The park was later separated from Gülhane with the coastal road (1958).

The Park was restorated by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 2003. The Imperial Edict of Reorganization, which is the first concrete step of democratization in Turkish history, was declared by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mustafa Resit Pasha on 3rd November 1839 during the period of Abdulmecid, in the Gülhane Park and therefore it is also known as "Hatt-i Hümâyûn".

Sources: own visit and pictures at the site

Name: Gülhane Park

Street Location: Kennedy Cd.

Local Municipality: Istanbul

State/Province, etc.: Istanbul

Country: Turkey

Memorial/Commemoration: the act - The Imperial Edict of Reorganization

Date Established: 1912

Picnic Facilities: benches, (drinking) fountains, restaurant with terraces

Recreational Facilities:
Muzeum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam

Monuments/Statues: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Âşık Veysel Şatıroğlu

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): small garden-style architecture, flower fields

Fountains: "lake" fountain, "book of knowledge" fountain

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: artificial lake with fountain, crossed by several wooden bridges

Traditional Geocaches:
GC4X845, GC49MFZ

Web Site: Not listed

Special Events: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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