Istanbul Tulip Festival – 2018
Come to Istanbul in April and enjoy the Tulip Festival – İstanbul Emirgan LALE şenliği
Every April since 2006, the city government in Istanbul has planted millions of tulips in Istanbul’s parks, avenues, traffic roundabouts and…really anywhere there is open ground.
In 2016, the total was 30 million!
The result is a glorious spring flower festival with brilliant splashes of color everywhere you look: During the month of April, you can spot these glorious spring flowers everywhere in Istanbul.
But for a real tulip treat and the International Istanbul Tulip Festival, you have to head to Emirgan Park. It is one of the largest public parks in Istanbul and has several tulip gardens.
Emirgan Park is located by the Bosphorus in Sariyer, which is a little bit past the second Bosphorus Bridge.
The tulip is one of Istanbul’s traditional symbols. Brought to the city from Iran centuries ago, it was favored and cultivated here until tulip love became a mania. In the so-called Tulip Period of Ottoman history, a rare tulip variety could be sold for a breathtaking sum.
Tulips made their way from Istanbul to Europe specifically Holland where a similar tulip mania soon consumed the imaginations—and bank accounts of Dutch tulip lovers.
The Istanbul Tulip Festival is not just about tulips, however. Other flowers pansies, bluebottles, etc.are planted in contrast and for variety in shape and color. The displays are breathtaking.
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