The tulip: Turkey’s national flower

The tulip is the third most popular flower in the world after the rose and the chrysanthemum.

Tulips Turkish history
The Turkish tea glasses with there soft shape are also inspired by the tulip.
The Turkish tea glasses with there soft shape are also inspired by the tulip.

Around year 1000 the turks began as some off the first in the word to plant tulips in there gardens. At that time a tulip bulb would be use to pay for a bride. Other stories tells that a tulip bulb had been sold for the same price as a house. Today the tulip is the national flower of Turkey.

The Dutch originally brought their famous tulips from Turkey to Holland. Tulip bulb was also brought to Wien from Istanbul around the 1500, and they where so popular in Holland in 1634 that people invested in them, as people do in stock today. In turkish history they call the time “the tulip-period” and it is connected to enjoy and beauty.

The tulip today

Today the tulip bulb is no longer expensive, and if you take a trip to Alanya in the spring you will see this beautiful flower everywhere.

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