Florya Atatürk Deniz Köşkü is one of the beautiful spots to visit in the center of Istanbul. The pavilion, located in the Şenlikköy district of Bakırköy, was built specifically for Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. Due to the interest of Mustafa Kemal in Istanbul, he was frequently required to make a visit to Istanbul, to have a special mansion and to be a gift to himself.
The building which was designed by Seyfi Arkan, one of the leading architects of the time on the instruction of Istanbul Municipality in 1935, was completed in the same year and delivered to Mustafa Kemal on 14 August. It was used by Atatürk as a pavilion work office, and it also entered the sea along with the public at the shore of the Atatürk mansion. When he stayed in Dolmabahçe Palace, he frequently visited the mansion of Florya with the engine. He performed his last visit to the mansion before May 28, 1938. Atatürk has hosted many guests in this mansion, and important topics that concern the scientific and country agenda were made in this mansion.
After the death of Atatürk, pavilions continued to be used by İsmet İnönü, Celal Bayar, Cemal Gürsel and Cevdet Sunay. However, it has not been used frequently by the other Presidents because the region has gradually lost its splendor and splendor and because it can not maintain the quality of sea water. In 1988, he was entrusted with the decision of the Council of Ministers to the headquarters of the national palace department of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.
Architecture of the mansion
The place where the mansion is located is the zero point to the sea level. In other words, the pavilion was built on the piles, leaving piles out to the sea. The distance from the ground is approximately 70 meters. The pavilion, connected to the land by wooden pier, has a large garden. The mansion has a bedroom, a bathroom and a large library and study room. At the same time there are rooms where guests are accepted and bedrooms for guests to be accommodated. Atatürk insisted that the remains of Ayastefanos Monastery, located in the garden of the pavilion, should be included during the inspections and visits during construction of the mansion. Today it is enough to say that the mansion is one of the first works of the Republican history as an architectural feature. The Flora mansion containing the classical reflections of the Republican architecture is important for this reason.