As culinistanbul, I visited Atatürk Arboretum in Istanbul last Sunday.This was the first time that I had been in this green area and I was very impressed.
It is very important to find a green space where people can breathe in the metropolises where the population has reached 10 million like Istanbul. Unfortunately, in this sense, Istanbul does not have a very good image. For example, New York and London are very good samples with their huge green parks like Central Park and Hyde Park.
Is there a park like that in Istanbul? There is. Its name is Atatürk Arboretum and it is located near the Belgrade Forest in Istanbul. It is about 20 km away from the city center. Btw, what is the arboretum? It is defined as follows: “Arboretums are the natural areas where trees, shrubs and other woody plants, which are known by their origin and age, are planted carefully in order to do scientific research and observation.”
Atatürk Arboretumu was established on 38 hectares after the recommendation of Professor Dr. Hayrettin in 1949 by the Istanbul University Faculty of Forestry and the Forestry General Directorate. Now it is home to 2.000 different plants on 296 hectares.
There are 3 different lakes. There are swans, ducks, sea turtles in the lakes. Btw, this area is a kin of open air museum. As a result of that there are forbiddens you have to obey; such as playing ball, coming with dog, sitting on the blankets on the grass etc.
You can reach to Atatürk Arboretumu from Sarıyer, Taksim and 4.Levent by bus. The entrance fee for the arboretum is 15 TL in the weekend and 5 TL in the weekdays. It is closed on Mondays.
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