Photographer's Note

Today was the first day it did not rain. We went to Emirgan Park to stroll around and to my surprise, some of the tulips had bloomed. These and the yellow ones were in bloom.

According to Wikipedia, The land on which the Park is located became known as "Feridun Bey Park", when the uninhabited land was granted in the mid-16th century to Nişancı Feridun Bey, a Lord Chancellor in rank in the Ottoman Empire. In the 17th century, Ottoman sultan Murad IV (r 1623-1640) presented the estate to Emir Gūne Han, a Safavid Persian commander, who surrendered his sieged castle without any resistance, and followed him back to Istanbul. The name "Feridun Bey Park" was changed to "Emirgūne", which in time became corrupted to "Emirgan". During the centuries, the estate's owner changed several times, and by the end of the 1860s, it was owned by Khedive Ismail Pasha (reigned 1863-1879), Ottoman governor of Egypt and Sudan. The area was used as the backyard of a large wooden yalı (seafront mansion) that he built on the shore of the Bosphorus. Further, he built within the park area three wooden pavilions, which still exist.

Today, the park is owned and administered by the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul and covers an area of 117 acres (470,000 m2). Emirgan Park is closely associated with the tulip, the traditional flower, which gave its name to an era (1718-1730) of the Ottoman Empire. A special garden was established in Emirgan Park in the 1960s to revive the city's tradition of tulip cultivation. Since 2005, an annual international tulip festival is organized here every April making the park attractive and very colorful with these flowers.

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