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Ataturk Arboretumu, Istanbul

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Atatürk Arboretum is an arboretum in Bahçeköy, Sarıyer, Istanbul Province, Turkey.


The establishment of an arboretum was proposed by Hayrettin Kayacık, professor of the Faculty of Forestry at Istanbul University in 1949. Initially, an area of 38 ha (94 acres) was foreseen for the arboretum. Between 1959–1961, Camille Guinet, inspector of the Sorbonne University's botanical garden, planned the road network inside the arboretum. Due to financial shortages, accomplishment of the project took time. Opened on July 12, 1982, it was named in honor of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881–1938), the founder of Turkish Republic, on his 100th birthday anniversary. It is owned and financed by the Directorate General of Forestry, which is also responsible for the administrative operation. Istanbul University's Faculty of Forestry is the scientific partner of the park's executive board.
The main goal of the arboretum is

to serve the faculty and the students of Istanbul University's Forestry Department including the relevant agencies of the Ministry of Forest and Water Management, forest engineers, landscape architects, domestic and foreign scientists as well as nature lovers in their research work.
The arboretum covers an area of 296 ha (730 acres) southeast of Belgrad Forest. It contains the 1818-built Kirazlı Dam (Turkish: Kirazlıbent) and a 1916-establıshed plant nursery.
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  • Big and beautiful garden with long trails to walk and it is beside belgrade gardens.Can reach by bus or your car  more »
  • This botanical garden literally in the middle of the city was first planned back in 1949. But due to financial shortages, accomplishment of the project took time and it was opened only in 1982. The...  more »
  • We were a bit short of time, so had to rush around. Ideally come for a whole day and bring your picnic as there are no restaurants or snack places. Lovely place to walk around and enjoy the scenery....  more »
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  • Very nice Park in the Forest. Very clean. No food allowed in there. Great place to relax and rake some nice pictures. Too big to discover in one day. Restaurants are close to the park 45 min to walk
  • Good place to be with family or alone great forest i just be happy.. so so happy 😁 Nice people in the gate and there is a nice girls in the gate work in this forest and help me so much .. i want to say thank u all so much with love ♥️
  • Beautiful aspects of the quiet place to be calm but peaceful. fungus Nice to have benches for seating next to the pond It's nice to have a bus. Negatives Extremely expensive food and water are not taken. Looks like we're attending the interpersonal meeting. Car park fits in the middle of the road, where all the cars that fits 15 vehicles Lastly, it is worth to go to my followers.If you have plenty of time and time, or if you are in high school, it is not worth going.
  • One of the best places to enjoy the charming nature, you can use Google maps to use public transportation to get to the place and it's very easy to get to, highly recommended.
  • Beautiful nature and scenery. A little far from old city but was worth the trip. It is easy to get there by bus.

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