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Tulips are starting to blossom in Istanbul

For some countries, spring has sprung, bringing with it colorful flowers and lush foliage.

Cherry blossom season has already begun in parts of Japan, China, and South Korea, while in Malaysia, plenty of Tecoma trees are already blossoming.

In Istanbul, Türkiye, tulip season typically heralds the arrival of spring, a time when some of the city’s most popular spots will be covered in tulip flowers of all colors and sizes. It is said to be a delightful visual feast for both locals and visitors alike.

At the Sultanahmet Square, an expansive carpet of tulips will be woven into the grounds using a special method of tulip cultivation. Similarly, these tulip “carpets” can also be found at the Emirgan Grove, Gülhane Park, Yıldız Grove, Soganlı Botanic Park, Beykoz Grove, Büyük Çamlıca Grove, Küçük Çamlıca Grove, Fethipasa Grove and the Hidiv Pavillon Grove around the city.

It is said that tulips were brought to Anatolia by the Turks of Central Asia’s Pamir Mountains – the tulip’s original homeland – and are among the most important symbols in Turkish culture. The tulip is a bulbous and herbaceous plant and has been used as an ornamental motif in handicrafts since the 12th century in Türkiye.


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