HistoryOriginally the suburb was known as Emirgune after Emir Gune who was an Iranian
Places to Visit in Emirgan
Emirgan WoodsThe Emirgan Woods, which was once the recreational grounds of the Egyptian Khedive Ismail Pasa, is today a public park and lake and has a 19th century mansion housing three cafes. Khedive Ismail Pasa actually commissioned Guiseppe Verdi to compose the opera “Aida” in celebration of the opening of the Suez Canal in 1871. Spring is the best time to visit when the park is full of tulips and becomes one of the most beautiful sights to see in all Istanbul.
Things to do in Emirgan
Tulip FestivalThe tulip festival has been taking place in Emirgan Woods for many years and in 2006 the Istanbul authorities expanded it throughout the city thus making visitors aware that tulips originated from Turkey and not Europe. Millions of bulbs are planted every year and in mid-April all sorts of exhibitions, concerts and other events are planned to coincide with their flowering. The beds of flowers are planted so densely they resemble Persian carpets and the smell of thousands of sweet perfumed hyacinths fill the air.
Getting to EmirganThere is an irregular ferry service that links Emirgan with Kanlica and Anadolu Hisari ( or Anatolian Fortress ) (Tel. 0212 444 4436 www.ido.com.tr) or you can take Bus Nos. 22 or 25RE from Kabatas or from Taksim take Bus Nos. 40, 40T and 42T and alight at Emirgan.
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