Emirgan Park

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Emirgan, Istanbul, Turkey
Emirgan Park - Emirgan Park
Emirgan Park - Emirgan Park
Emirgan Park - Emirgan Park
Emirgan Park - Emirgan Park
Emirgan Park - Emirgan Park

Emirgan Park Istanbul Reviews

irenem irenem
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Tulips from Emirgan Feb 25, 2017
Istanbul has several parks: Gülhane, Yildiz and Emirgan are the better known ones.

Gülhane means Hall of Roses. It used to be part of the grounds of Topkapi Palace. It used to have a very depressing zoo in which the animals were kept in very cramped conditions. Fortunately, this no longer exists.

Yildiz Park is located in Besiktas. Its name means Star Park. It was originally the grounds of Yildiz Palace. Yildiz Palace was built in 1880. It was occupied by Sultan Abdülhamid I in the late nineteenth century. Before that he had lived in Dolmabahçe Palace, but he became terrified of a seaside attack on the palace and so wanted to move further inland. Yildiz Palace is now a museum. A bridge connects Yildiz Palace with Çiraganan Palace on the Bosporus. Çiragaan Palace was a burnt out shell when we lived in Istanbul, but nowadays it is a luxury hotel owned by the Kempinski Group.

Emirgan Park is in Emirgan on the European side of the Bosphorus. In my opinion it is the prettiest of these three parks. It is famous for its tulips in spring time.

Emirgan Park is located on a hillside. It covers an area of 117 acres and is surrounded by high walls. Emirgan Park has two ponds, jogging tracks, a grotto, fountains and picnic tables. It also has three historic pavilions: the Yellow Pavilion, the Pink Pavilion and the White Pavilion. These three pavilions were all built by Khedive Ismail Pasha between 1871 and 1878. The Yellow Pavilion, Sari Kösk, was once a hunting lodge and guest house. Part of it is now a cafe. The Pink Pavilion, Pembe Kösk, is a typical Ottoman style two storey house. Nowadays it is also a cafe and can be hired for weddings. The White Pavilion, Beyaz Kösk, is a two-storey wooden building.

Emirgan Park is famous for tulips. These flowers were once symbols of the Ottoman Empire. Since 2005, an international tulip festival is held in Emirgan Park every year.
Emirgan Park
Emirgan Park
Emirgan Park
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