The Museum House of Mehmet Akif Ersoy

House of Mehmet Akif Ersoy in the Central Campus of Hacettepe University was once used as Tacettin Dervish Convent. Selamlık part of ("Selamlık" is a part of a house only men can enter) the building was assigned to M. Akif Ersoy, deputy of 1 st T.G.N.A. (TurkishGrand National Assembly) during the Indepence War and the poet had wrote most of his poems and the text of Turkish National March in this place. In this house, Great Poet had mentionad the sorrow he felt, the endless hope of glory he maintained and the determination he needed in his struggle. The immortal poet is the top of these feelings.

Altough the building was named as The House of M. Akif Ersoy on 30 th October 1949 with the decision of Town Council, it has been left neglected and ruined for years, During the fondation of University Central Campus, Honorary President of the University Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı has provided the restoration of the building in its true forms and opened to the visits.

University had attempted to restorate the building once again in 1982 and restoration had been completed with the contributions of Ministiry of Culture, General Directorate of Foundations, Turkish Foundation of Religious Affairs and with some individual assistances and opened to visits by President of University Prof. Dr. A. Yüksel Bozer on 27 th December 1984.

Entrance to the garden which is surrounded by a high wall, is from a courtyard gate. There is a two floored wooden Ankara House in the middle of the garden. Along the wooden banistred stairs, which you can go upstairs, photos of Ersoy hanged on the wall. Resting room and meeting room are upstairs. In the meeting room which is the most striking part of the house, there are divans along the garden viewed windows, mirrors reliefed with the mother of pearl, candelsticks and gas lamps. The ceiling of the room is a local Ankara ceiling with e hexagon formed center.

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