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The science center in will spread over 100,000 square meters in Konya.

The science center in will spread over 100,000 square meters in Konya.

The first science center in Konya, which will be open with the support of the Turkish Scientific and Technical Researches Institution (TÜBİTAK), expects to attract 1.7 million visitors in its first year. The center is expected to attract the same number of visitors as the Mevlana Museum in Konya.

“Last year the Mevlana Museum attracted 1.7 million people to the city. After the Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace, the museum is the third most visited sight in Turkey,” Konya Mayor Tahir Akyürek said, speaking to Anatolia news agency.
 
The establishment of the science center is still underway, Akyürek said. “We are trying to make this center a place of attraction in Konya,” he said noting that they aim to open the center by the end of this year. “This project is also a project of Turkey,” he said.

The center will be located on Ankara Road in Konya and the city expects it to draw numerous tourists from both Turkey and abroad.

The Konya Science Center aims to be one of the three best science centers in the world, said Akyürek.

“This project is a project for our country. Everyone is very excited for this project. The exterior of the building will be completed in a short period of time. Everyone will marvel at the building and wonder what is inside as we have worked to make it an aesthetically pleasing and beautiful building,” said Akyürek.

There will be a museum, observatory, science park and many other attractions house inside the center.

September/14/2012

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