Friday, January 13, 2017


Çayırbaşı, Sarıyer - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°08'26.0"N 29°01'39.0"E / 41.140556, 29.027500

Türkmenbaşı Nature Park (Turkish: Türkmenbaşı Tabiat Parkı) is a nature park located in Sarıyer district of Istanbul Province. Situated west of Hacı Osman Bayırı Avenue in Çayırbaşı neighborhood of Sarıyer, it covers an area of 5.6 ha (14 acres).

It was established in 1998 as a place, to dignify the cultural values shared by Turkey and Turkmenistan. It was named "Turkmenbashi" (literally: Head of Turkmens), in honor of Saparmurat Niyazov (1940–2006) , the leader of Turkmenistan.

There are car park, fountains, picnic areas, wc are available. The nature park offers outdoor recreation activities such as hiking and picnicing for visitors on daily basis. There is a playground for children.

Common plant of the nature park is pine. Other notable trees are oak (Quercus petraea), hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), oriental plane (Platanus orientalis), Norway spruce (Picea abies), Mediterranean cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), honeyberry, (Celtis australis), medlar (Mespilus germanica), shinglewood (Thuja plicata) and the shrubs lavender (Lavandula spica), barberry (Berberis vulgaris), glossy abelia (Abelia × grandiflora), pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira), cherry laurel (Laurocerasus officinalis), Chinese photinia (Photinia serratifolia), strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), Japanese aucuba (Aucuba japonica), fountainplant (Ophiopogon japonicus).

The main fauna of the nature park consists pf bird species. Observed bird species are finch, magpie, sparrow, Western jackdaw, woodpecker. Other species are lizard and chipmunk.


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