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Tulip, The Symbol of Istanbul

on 27/04/2012

One believes that this magnificent spring flower is born in Holland, but in fact its origin is Turkish! Original local name lali became Lale. The Western name is derived from Persian name Thouliban which means Turban.

After growing in the wilderness of Anatolia until the 16th century , it has been offered a prominent place in the gardens of Ottoman palaces in Constantinopolis.

Sultan Soliman the magnificent organized every spring somptuous and expensive feasts in its honor when full moon arose. The oldest book on subject evokes 1,588 different kinds on that time.

At that time, Tulip trade was highly regulated and did not have the right to leave the Ottoman capital. Yet in 1554, a Flemish botanist, then Austrian Ambassador in Turkey, sent some tulip bulbs and seeds to Vienna. One of them had tried to plant them and then took his tests to Holland in 1593 which is now the largest producer country of this flower.

Since 2006, it has become the emblem of the city of Istanbul which devotes an annual festival in April to tulip.

Tourists arriving to Ataturk Airport are immediately captivated by the colorful flowerbeds that they discover by taking the road along the ​​Marmara Sea Coast.

From Eyüp to Sultanahmet,  also on the European as Asian Bosphorus  shores, and many other neighborhoods, the tulips are everywhere.

However, the most enchanting place is undoubtedly the Emirgan park that has always been known for its plantations. In an idyllic setting combining lake, free musically followers no survey or offers beautiful trees and beautiful houses that once served as hunting lodges to sultans, tulips are the queens here !

We see them from afar with their flamboyant colors that link their noses and strike a pose in front of the countless cameras that come to strafe all angles.

At the first festival of the tulip, more than 3 million bulbs had been planted.
This year more than 11 million tulips of all kinds that offer a range of colorful beauty are in Istanbul.


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