I like Istanbul, an amazing megapolis with very specific atmosphere for people from East Europe. It is strange, but I started loving the city before my first visit to it thanks to novels by Orhan Pamuk which had big influence for me. When I was there the last time, November 2015, I had a great opportunity to look at collections of the Botanical Garden of the Istanbul University which is located in a wonderful place on a shore of The Golden Horn. You will be able to find some pictures and my impressions from the visit below
First of all, I would like to say that my acquaintance with the Istanbul Botanical Garden took place thanks to Mr. Bahadır Enc who works there. I am very grateful to Bahadir for his time and very interesting tour around the garden which was started from roof of a greenhouse. There opens unbelievable view to the Gold Horn and Galatasaray district
The Botanical Garden has small area, but enough rich collections in both greenhouses and open part. Plants were in good conditions, and I enjoyed by florescence of some of them.
Also it is important to note good layout of exposures
As well I liked the herbarium and its collection
This is such a wonderful botanical place is the Istanbul! I advise to visit it when you will be there.