Monday, 26 April 2010


Many people, even in the Netherlands, still say that tulips originally came from Turkey. This is only partly true. A significant percentage of the tulips cultivated in the Netherlands originated from areas now considered part of Russia, around the Black Sea, in the Crimea, and from the steppes located north of the Caucasus. In the 1500s when tulips were first introduced into Europe, these areas belonged to the great Ottoman Empire, also known as the Turkish Empire. The Turks were cultivating tulips as early as 1,000 AD. Before tulips ever reached Europe, they had enjoyed a long and rich cultural history in Persia.
Tulips were the favorite flowers of the greatest Ottoman Sultan, Suleiman Kanuni(born in Trabzon-1494;died during the battle of Szigetvar, Hungary,1566.)Tulips are remarkable flowers which seem to have the power to capture hearts (and break them). Although the Dutch Tulipomania is the most famous, Tulips have experienced other periods of "power" in other countries. The first mania occurred way back in 1500's in Turkey - which was the time of the Ottoman Empire and of Sultan Suleiman I (1494-1566). Tulips became highly cultivated blooms, developed for the pleasure of the Sultan and his entourage. During the Turkish reign of Ahmed III (1703-30) it is believed that the Tulip reigned supreme as a symbol of wealth and prestige and the period later became known as 'Age of the Tulips'.
"The people think of wealth and power as the greatest fate,
But in this world a spell of health is the best state.
What men call sovereignty is a worldly strife and constant war;
Worship of God is the highest throne, the happiest of all estates."
Suleiman I


Naturedigital said...

Beautiful tulips great photographs again Richard.

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Country Mouse Studio said...

awesome color and very pretty girl in previous post :O)

Lady Jo said...

magnifique Richard !

Country Mouse Studio said...

I love the quote by Suleiman I

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