The Tulip is a special flower that has a unique place in Eastern cultures and mythologies; it is a flower that has given its name to an entire era…It is said that the flower is the mark of a lightning that struck a drop of dew on a leaf… The flower that was born in Anatolia, that became a marble pattern in the hands of Seljukids and Ottomans and that became a tile in the mosques is a precious part of our rich culture. The tulip came to Istanbul with the city’s conquest, it found its finest home in Istanbul and became the flower that symbolizes Istanbul. After the conquest, it spread to Europe and to the world.
During the Istanbul Tulip Festival in 2006, we reintroduced the tulip to its favorite land, the land where it belongs, with the slogan “Istanbul meets its tulip once again.” Over the past eight years, the tulip once again became the messenger of Spring as it once was. The flower decorated Istanbul’s alleys, streets and squares each Spring. We are excited and proud to host the 5th World Tulip Summit in İstanbul, where millions of tulips blossom in all corners of the city each Spring.
I hope you use this opportunity to enjoy the historical and natural heritage of the city and to enjoy yourself in Istanbul, a true city of peace that unites the continents of Asia and Europe.