Atatürk Forest Farm
Turkey’s Chamber of Architects has said that the Council of State's last week ruling on Hagia Sophia should set a precedent for their argument that the constructions on Atatürk Forest Farm are in violation of the conditional donation of the estate by Atatürk. The Council of State last week said that Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror registered iconic Hagia Sophia as an endowment which could be used only a mosque and for no other purposes.
A 250,000 square-meter parcel of protected land in Ankara's Atatürk Forest Farm has been rented to the Ministry of National Defense after its status was converted to be suitable for military use. Established in 1925, the surface of the Atatürk Forest Farm has shrunk by 40 percent between then and 2015.
A land rented for mosque construction on the iconic Atatürk Forest Farm in the capital Ankara will be kept as a park upon the city's municipal council decision. "It was clear that removing this forested area was not in line with public benefit," said Tezcan Karakuş Candan, the Ankara branch head of Turkey's Chamber of Architects.
Tezcan Karakuş Candan, head of the Ankara branch of Turkey's Chamber of Architects, has said that a company has been constructing a wedding hall on the land of the city's iconic Atatürk Forest Farm under the disguise of "landscape design." "Coronavirus opportunists are working. Everyone's concerned on their health, but they are still after land rent and looting," Candan said about the Pusay Tourism Logistic Co. Ltd.