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In Emirgan there is a famous park which houses amazing tulip gardens. In the spring the Tulip Festival is held here. Tulips originally grew wild on the Asian steppes and were first propagated in large quantities in Holland. Then later Mehmet IV (1648-1687) reintroduced tulips to Turkey.

In the 19th century Sultan Abdulaziz gave the woods to te Egyptian Khedive Ismail Pasha (1830-1895) who built himself a seaside palace. Those palaces are known by their colour. The Sarı Kosk ( Yellow Palace) built in style of Swiss chalet, the Beyaz Kosk (White Palace) is a neo-classical style mansion and the Pembe Kosk (Pink Kosk) is in the style of traditional Ottoman house. All three are now cafes.

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