What is your Favourite Blossom?
When it comes to colorful blossoms, each and every one of us has their own favorite.
While some would prefer roses, others like daisies or even lilies.
Full of life, beauty, and elegance, I consider the Tulip to be the queen of all flowers.
My First Encounter with the Turkish Tulips!
It was during my first visit to Istanbul, in April 2011, when I learned that, Tulips are not only lovely eye candies but also an important symbol in the Turkish culture.
Holding so much history within its petals, the Tulip means “Lâle” in Turkish, and is pronounced as “La-leh”.
Fully Blooming Tulips
The Tulips accompanied the Turks during their migration from central Asia through to Anatolia, and from there it spread to Europe.
Yellow Tulips in one of Istanbul’s Parks
The Ottoman Empire used the Tulip as a symbol of power, wealth and mysticism.
Tulip shapes ranging from a bud to the full bloom can be recognized on tiles, fabrics, rugs, jewelry, metal works, marble works, and even on tombstones.
Having that authentic Turkish bond, the Tulips are celebrated each year since 2006 during the month of April, where Istanbul’s Municipality organizes the International Tulip Festival known as “Lale Festivali”.
White Tulips Decorating Emirgan Park
Parks, gardens, squares and streets, all become decorated with millions of Tulip blossoms of different kinds and colors.
Yellow Tulips Decorating one of Istanbul’s Main Streets
Tourists from all over the world flood over to Istanbul during the spring season to appreciate and enjoy these beauties.
Best Places to Admire the Tulips in Istanbul
World’s largest Tulip carpet is designed near Hagia Sofia in Istanbul’s Old city where thousands of colored tulips are combined into a Turkish carpet-like pattern.
World’s Largest Tulip Carpet near Hagia Sofia
Admire the carpet then move a little bit down the road and into Gülhane Park where you can enjoy a walk through colorful Tulips and beautiful nature.
Red Tulips in Gulhane Park
It is in Emirgan Park where you will see the largest amount of Tulips’ colors, shapes, and kinds. It is the main venue of the Tulip Festival.
Colorful Tulips in Emirgan Park
This park also hosts “The Story of the Tulip Exhibition” where you can learn about the life stages of the Tulip starting from a bulb and into full blossom. You can also admire Tulip shapes on tiles, fabrics, marbling and metal works.
Tulip Shaped Ottoman Metal Flag Topping
You will also be introduced to the Turkish art called Ebru where artists draw by oil on water. The Tulip is one of the main shapes they draw.
Ebru Art Stand at The Story of the Tulip Exhibition
You can buy some Tulip shaped souvenirs from a small shop located at the exit of the exhibition, or from craftsmen in the park who sell glass tulip art.
Tulip Festivals all over Turkey
Not only in Istanbul, but in many other cities, Tulips are worthy of celebration.
In Alanya city, we saw Tulips decorating the streets, squares, and parks during the spring season.
Also in Sincan, a large suburban town in Ankara province, an International Tulip Festival is held in April. Many events take place during the festival and some prizes are delivered to the “Best Tulip Farmer” and “Best Tulip Breed”.
My Blog! My Lale!
Named after my favorite flowers, you can read in my blog more about how to enjoy Istanbul on your next visit. Whether you are a first time visitor or a frequent visitor, be sure that you will find interesting information.
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