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Turkey’s Presidential Palace to open for public visits

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Turkish media says Presidential Palace will be open for public visits within a month.

Following the organised visit to Turkey’s Presidential Palace by members of Turkish media on Saturday, it was stated that the Palace will be open for public visits within a month.

The palace will be visited by citizens as part of tours after they have completed submitting applications, the head of the public relations office in presidency Ilker Astarci stated on Saturday.

“Currently, a 200 square metre area consisting of Bestepe Mosque, the library and conference halls is open to public,” Altarci said.

Bestepe Mosque, which is located within the palace complex, was opened for service on Friday with the participation of the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

After the launching ceremony, Friday prayers were held at the mosque for the first time with wide participation.

The library in the complex is expected to be the largest library of Turkey with 5 million book when it is completed.

“More than 250,000 books have been arranged so far,” according to the Public Relations office.

The library aims to provide services for 24 hours to students and the researchers. Children will also have separate area for study in the library.

Erdogan is the first president in Turkish history to set up a public relations office aimed at increasing the interaction between the presidency and the public.

It has been stated that since the opening of the Presidential Palace on October 2014, the public relations office has received more than 1,500 letters from citizens, in which people have delivered their expectations from the presidency and reflected their appreciation or complaints to the presidency.

Additionally, the guests who are not able to see the president during their visit write on a guest book called “Defter-i Mahsusa,” which is said to be read by the president at the end of each day.

The Defter-i Mahsusa has been a tradition dates back to the period of the founder of Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Resource: TRT World, July 05, 2015

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