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Gülhane Park - Green Istanbul

One other green retreat on the European side of Istanbul is right next to all the sights in the Sultanahmet area. Just down below the Topkapi Palace lays the Gülhane Park. This park is the oldest one in Istanbul, and translates basically to Rosehouse Park.
Gülhane ParkBeing formerly a the Palace garden, a royal retreat in all aspects, the Gülhane Park is nowadays open for everyone who wants some relaxation and green after visiting the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque. Nevertheless it is still located inside the outer walls of the Topkapi Palace.
Next to the beautiful trees and flowers the park features the first statue of Atatürk erected in Turkey (1926), sculpted by Heinrich Krippel and the Goths Column from Roman times. The Goth Column is the oldest standing relic from the Roman era in Istanbul.

If one follows the main walkway, which is lined with giant plane trees on both sides, the reward will be a magnificent view of the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. The park…