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Tulips in Istanbul

Striped tulips

This is how it happened:

  • Tulips are native to Central Asia and the Anatolia region of Turkey
  • The Ottoman Empire was the first to commercially cultivate tulips
  • The mid-18th century in Ottoman history is known as the "Tulip Era" because it was a time of peace during which the growth and cultivation of tulips was an emblem of success and affluence.
  • Tulips are grown near Turkish mosques because the curvature of a tulip looks very similar to the Arabic word for Allah.
  • Turkey began exporting tulips to Holland sometime in the 17th or 18th century.
  • Today, most of the tulips grown in Istanbul are imported bulbs from Holland.

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