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Tulips have been the subject of Turkish arts and culture and are the symbol of Istanbul.

Originally tulips grew wild on the Asian steppes, but they began to be cultivated with over 1600 species and as a result, contributed to the wealthiest period of the Ottoman Empire. Every April, the annual International Istanbul Tulip Festival is held as a tribute to this historical past. Since 2006, Istanbul’s city government has planted over 14 ½ million colorful tulips in their parks, avenues, squares, traffic roundabouts and basically, everywhere. In addition to colorful floral displays, there are music celebrations, glass blowing performances and art exhibitions.