Ankara – The Museum House of Mehmet Akif Ersoy

The House of Mehmet Akif Ersoy in the Central Campus of the Hacettepe University was once used as the Tacettin Dervish Convent. the Selamlık part of ("Selamlık" is a part of a house only men can enter) the building was assigned to M. Akif Ersoy, deputy of the 1st T.G.N.A. (Turkish¬ Grand National Assembly) during the Indepence War and the poet had wrote most of his poems and the text ofthe Turkish National March in this place. In this house, the Great Poet had mentioned 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 30th October 1949 by decision of the Town Council, it has been left neglected and ruined for years. During the fondation of the University Central Campus, the Honorary President of the University Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı has provided the restoration of the building in its true form and opened it to the visits.

The University had attempted to restorate the building once again in 1982 and restoration had been completed with the contributions of the Ministiry of Culture, the General Directorate of Foundations, the Turkish Foundation of Religious Affairs and with some individual assistance and opened to the publics by the 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 take you upstairs. Photos of Ersoy are 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 a hexagon formed centre ornamented with a pen.