This new museum, due to open in June, is the home of a magnificent collection of Ottoman calligraphy covering over five centuries, and 19th and 20th century Turkish painting.
More than 120 different species of both common and rare trees and shrubs grow in the 472,000 square metres of Emirgan Park, including such exotica as the daimio oak, maidenhair, coast redwood, Colorado white fir, feijoa (F. sellowiana) and cinnamomum. As I walked through the trees and past the three pavilions built by Khedive of Egypt İsmail Paşa, I also saw in my mind's eye the dreamy black eyes of Türkan Şoray, the jaunty jog of Hülya Koçyiğit, and the beguiling elegance of Kartal Tibet. They and other film stars must know Emirgan Park like the back of their hands, since the park was a favourite location for Turkish film makers for decades. Thanks to those romantic old films, charming in their naivety, the park is inextricably associated with love and passion.