Traditional Tulip Festival in Istanbul



The history of Tilup is going back to centuries and the flower has become symbols to Empires and countries and in addition has influenced financial markets economically. The Tulip was originally cultivated in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), and were imported into Holland in the 16th century. When Carolus Clusius , a Flemish doctor and pioneering and leading botanist, wrote the first major book of tulips in 1592, they became so popular that his garden was raided and bulbs stolen on a regular basis. As the Dutch Golden Age grew, they became so popular in paintings and festivals. In the mid 17th century, tulips were so popular that they created the first economic bubble, known as "Tulip Mania" (tulipomania). As people bought up bulbs they became so expensive that they were used as money until the market in them crashed.



Tulips are inextricably linked with Ottoman - Turkish Culture and therefore the Turkish People celebrate this colorful fact as an annual festival since 2006. Ottomans have used the tulip in many different paintings and has become an important Symbol.


Also the current Turkey is using the flower in architecture and in national symbols.

The Tulip is a classic flower of love, although it was considered more of a symbol for charity by the Victorians. The Turkish people who originally bred the flower considered it a symbol of paradise on earth, making it a part of many religious and secular poems and art pieces like the picture above. While the Ottoman empire planted the bulbs to remind them of heaven and

eternal life. The current Tourism logo of Turkey is made of the Tulips as can b seen on the right


Since 2006 every April, Istanbul is celebrating the Tulip as a festival. Istanbul is becoming a colorful city between April and the first week of May. Officials plant millions of tulips in Istanbul's parks like Emirgan and Gülhane Park, avenues, traffic roundabouts and anywhere there is open ground for the Tulips.

In 2017, 26.5 million tulips where plant in order to celebrate the glorious spring flower festival with brilliant splashes of color everywhere you look.


Depending on the weather, the tulips begin to bloom around the end of March or beginning of April and are alive approx. to first week of May.

Tulips grow for one Month everywhere in the city

Tulips at Emirgan Park


Tulips at Emirgan Park


Traditional Tulip Carpet, yearly made with different Ottoman Culture Motives. The carpet is situated between Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque.


Drone view to Hagia Sophia


Drone view to Blue Mosque


Tulip the symbol and meaning of endless life.....


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