Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Literature Museum Library
Built into the wall of Gülhane Park, the Alay Köşkü (Parade Kiosk) is where the sultan would sit and watch the periodic parades of...
This outrageously curvaceous rococo gate leads into the precincts of what was once the grand vizierate, or Ottoman prime ministry, known...
İstanbul Archaeology Museums
This superb museum showcases archaeological and artistic treasures from the Topkapı collections. Housed in three buildings, its exhibits...
Scruffy but authentic, this cafe is recommended for a nargile (₺20) on the platforms tumbling down the hillside.
One of a growing number of İstanbul restaurants specialising in so-called Ottoman palace cuisine, Matbah offers dishes that were devised...
Gülhane Park · interesting places nearby
Alay Köşkü information
Built into the wall of Gülhane Park, this intriguing, polygonal building is where the sultan would sit to watch the periodic parades of troops and trade guilds that commemorated great holidays and military victories. Dating from the early 19th century, the kiosk is beautifully decorated inside, with painted walls, stained-glass windows, chandeliers and highly polished wooden floors. It is now open to the public as a literary museum and library.