Famous for its gardens of tulips, Emirgan Park is at its finest during the month of April, when these delicate flowers are in bloom. Tulips originally grew wild on the Asian steppes and were introduced to Turkey by Sultan Mehmet IV (1648-57). The reign of his son, Ahmet III, was known as the Tulip Period because of his love for the flowers. Every April there is a tulip festival held at the park.
The 117-acre park has three pavilions, named for their colours and built in different styles. The Yellow Pavillion was built in the style of a Swiss chalet and was used as a hunting lodge in the nineteenth century. It suffered fire damage in the 1950s and was rebuilt in concrete to resemble the original style.
The White Pavillion is a Neo-Classical style mansion that serves as a cafe and restuarant and the Pink Pavillion is a two-storey Ottoman house that was built by the Khedive Ismail Pasha. Nowadays it serves as a cafe and convention centre.
There are a number of rare trees in the park, including species from all over the world, such as Japanese Cedars, Norway Spruces, Lebanon Cedars, Himalayan Cedars, Colorado White Firs and California Incense Cedars.
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