With the normalization course of underway, libraries have opened their doorways as soon as once more, and individuals are taking this chance to go to a number of the largest and most traditionally and culturally wealthy libraries in Turkey. One of the current guests was artist Hülya Koçyiğit, an icon of Turkish cinema. On Tuesday, she visited the Presidential Library in the capital Ankara.
Koçyiğit was accompanied by Fecir Alptekin, principal guide to the president, and Ayhan Tuğlu, head of the Presidential Libraries Department. Koçyiğit first toured the “Mürekkebin Izi: Yazma Eserler (Selected Manuscripts)” and the “Mûcebince Amel Oluna: Hatt-ı Hümayunlar (Imperial Edicts)” reveals after which walked by way of the library’s varied sections and collections and purchased data.
Koçyiğit said that she was vastly affected by the Presidential Library and that it was a lovely murals. She mentioned that by incorporating conventional Seljuk and Ottoman structure with modern designs, the constructing had an inviting aesthetic, encouraging folks to learn and analysis.
“It is a lovely masterwork, and it’ll lead researchers, students, college students and readers to make the most of our cultural reservoir. From historical past to artwork, literature and science, varied books on totally different fields await readers. These books will even be out there on-line, and they’re accessible in totally different languages aside from Turkish as nicely,” she mentioned.
Koçyiğit’s tour then led her to the Nasreddin Hoca Children’s Library part, named after the well-known Seljuk satirist Nasreddin Hoca. The Children’s Library homes a group of 25,000 books and is accessible for readers between the ages of 5 and 10. Speaking in regards to the Children’s Library, Koçyiğit mentioned that the library supplied a variety of alternatives to all ages.
“In the Children’s Library, children can learn and still have the chance to collectively participate in sensible research. In areas designed for studying, they’ll have research that mix collectively studying and video games. The library with all its options appeals to younger and outdated alike,” she mentioned.
Koçyiğit then visited the library’s Cihannüma (World Atlas) Hall. The corridor is adorned with 16 columns meant to represent the 16 nice Turkic Empires and is house to 250,000 books. The dome of the corridor stands 32 meters (105 toes) excessive and is adorned with the inscription, “He is the one who taught methods to write with a pen, taught the human being what he didn’t know,” which is from the fourth and fifth verse of the chapter Al-Alaq from the Quran, signifying the significance of studying and writing. Koçyiğit said that she was notably impressed with the corridor.
“It is inconceivable to not be impressed by each nook of the library, however particularly the Cihannüma Hall with its 16 columns representing the 16 nice Turkic Empires is fascinating. I’d wish to spend hours in simply that corridor,” she mentioned.
She added that she had been desperate to see the library for a very long time and that she meant to come back to the library again when it was first inaugurated however due to the pandemic, she needed to postpone her go to. She thanked everybody concerned in the making of the library.
“The Presidential Library is a present to our Republic for its 100th birthday. This has been my first go to and I used to be enchanted all through. I shall be coming again right here frequently for sure. I’m leaving however my thoughts is occupied with this place. I wish to supply my limitless thanks first to our president, and to all who contributed to and had a hand in making the Presidential Library,” Koçyiğit mentioned.
The Presidential Library is the most important library in Turkey with a group of over four million books in 134 totally different languages and 120 million articles and reviews. It is the most important single library funding in the historical past of the Republic of Turkey. It was formally inaugurated by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 20, 2020.