Ottoman Gardens & Europe


We are sorry to inform you that the event has been cancelled as a precautionary measure with the importance of prevention and reducing the risk of vulnerable populations’ exposure.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the health and wellbeing of our community is our overriding concern. We hope that the events will be rescheduled for a later date.

A Talk by Prof. Nurhan Atasoy

Ottoman Horticulture specially flourished during the time of Suleyman the Magnificent. He himself had created 30 privy Gardens in İstanbul. Foreign travellers were astonished to see so many gardens, full of flowers in İstanbul. During Suleyman’s time, many plants, seeds and bulbs of flowers started being sent to Europe by some foreigners. This caused the creation of some flower gardens in Europe. Atasoy’s talk aims to give a brief introduction to Ottoman gardens and Ottoman Horticulture. This talk will try to show finally, which flowers and plants, Europe owes to Ottoman World.

The talk will be moderated by art historian Dr Deniz Türker from the Department of History of Art , Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.

Date: Monday, 23rd March 2020

Time: 7 pm

Venue: Yunus Emre Institute in London

10 Maple Street, London, W1T 5HA

(Nearest Tube Stations: Warren Street and Goodge Street)

Admission is FREE but registration*** is ESSENTIAL.

For online booking please CLICK HERE.

***Sadly not everyone, registered for the event, uses their tickets, so all tickets for our talks must be over-issue by a percentage to compensate for these ‘no-shows’ to ensure a full audience. Due to this entrance is subject to seating capacity & served on a first-come, first-served basis. This registration/e-Ticket does not guarantee entrance. Thanks for your understanding.

Professor Dr Nurhan Atasoy (born 1934 in Tokat) is a leading Turkish art historian who focuses on Ottoman and Islamic art. Having authored over 120 publications, Dr Atasoy has contributed greatly to art history and has subsequently received countless national and international awards including the Turkish State Award for Superior Achievement (2008). After serving as the Department Chairman in the Department of Fine Arts, then in the Department of Archaeology and Art History at Istanbul University, she retired as the Dean of the Faculty of Letters in 1999 to become a resident scholar of the Turkish Cultural Foundation. As of 2012, she is also a permanent guest in ‘Tarihin Arka Odası’, a TV program dedicated to history. Some of her most notable works include books such as ‘Iznik: Ottoman Pottery of Turkey (with Julian Raby)’ (1989), ‘IPEK: Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets’ (2001) and ‘Impressions of Ottoman Culture in Europe: 1453-1699’ (2012).