Gülhane Park, which formed the outer garden of Topkapı Palace during the Ottoman Period, was the location of the first concrete step towards democratization in Turkish history, when the Tanzimat reforms were first announced here.
The 16 hectare space was opened to the public as a park in 1912. Two tree-lined paths run through the park, while along the sides there are places to sit and rest. There is also a childrens’ playground situated in the park. Immediately to the right of the hill that slopes down and curves around the Bosphorus is a statute of poet-musician Aşık Veysel, while on the higher portion at the end of the hill is the Column of the Goths (Turkish: Gotlar Sütunu), which is a remnant from the Roman period.