Topkapı Palace is ushering in spring – Ottoman style – by rearranging the iconic palace’s gardens to more closely resemble the way they were in imperial times.
Istanbul Municipality is reviving the garden culture of the Ottomans with an ambitious project to overhaul Topkapı Palace’s gardens in line with their former glory. The changes have already attracted the attention of tourists visiting the palace.
The gardens which were once used by Ottoman sultans and their families during the spring and summer months are now being re-landscaped with flowers and trees that had been present during Ottoman times.
“Istanbul Municipality has supported the project, and the decoration of the garden is still continuing in five different places,” Haluk Dursun, the head manager of the palace, recently told Anatolia news agency.
Noting that a total of 500,000 plants and flowers had so far been planted, Dursun said the planting started first with the Enderun Garden before other areas were converted into tulip gardens.
The changes have already attracted the attention of tourists, who typically photograph the gardens of the Sofa Mansion.
The Ottoman gardens also included botanical trees, and each palace had its own garden characteristics.
The palace’s fifth garden features lilac trees, while the garden looking over Seraglio Point is full of Judas trees.
During the second half of the project to replant the gardens, workers will replace some
trees with ones that are more suitable for an Ottoman garden, according to officials. The old trees, meanwhile, will be replanted in other areas of the city.