Did you know that Turkish tulips are the oldest in the world? That explains the amazing tulip festival in Istanbul that’s on show now.
Every early April Istanbul showcases more than 16 million tulips blooming not only in famous places like Sultanahmet square, Gulhane park, Topkapi palace or Emirgan park but also on many home balconies.
Although made famous by Dutch, tulips originate from Central Asia and reached Holland from Turkey via Austria in the 16th century. The word tulip originates from the Turkish word tulbend that translates to turban. Just look at the turban worn by 16th century Sultan Suleyman, and the resemblance between a tulip and his turban is striking.
Today the Turkish tulip tradition lingers on, apart from having it’s name in places and hotels, even the Istanbul Film Festival gives out their Golden Tulip Award.