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Ankara, Turkey - Visiting Anit Kabir - the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) who was the leader of the Turkish War of Independence. This led to the country’s liberation and the establishment of modern Turkey. He was also the founder and the first President of the Republic of Turkey. The site for Anitkabir is located on Observation Hill (Rasattepe) - a hill to the west of the city of Ankara. Construction first began in 1944 and was completed in 1953.
The view from the Ceremonial Plaza looking toward Anitkabir and the Hall of Honour. An extensive museum lies to the right of this hall.Reliefs depict battle scenes of the War of Independence.
Large plaque with Ataturk quotes inside the Hall of Honour.The marble-lined Hall of Honour - housing Ataturk’s tomb - visitors take photos while surrounding the symbolic 40-ton marble cenotaph of Ataturk’s tomb. The actual tomb is located in a chamber below.
A view of the Ceremonial Plaza and the towers and arcades that surround it.Looking towards the entrance to the Ataturk Mausoleum known as the Road of Lions. Twelve pairs of lions line this 262m pathway (lions are the Hitite symbols of power used to represent the strength of the Turkish nation.)
Representing the pride of Turkish women - a trio of Turkish Women statues made of white travertine in front of the Independence Tower at the entrance of the Road of Lions. In the hands of the women on either side are sheafs of grain which are to represent the abundant country. The woman on the left also holds out her hand with a cup - asking for Allah’s blessing on Ataturk while the woman in the centre covers her face as she cries.
Representing the pride of Turkish men - three Turkish men statues also made of white travertine at the entrance of Road of Lions in front of the Freedom Tower. On the left is a Turkish youth and intellectual, next is a Turkish peasant and on the right is a statue representing a Turkish soldier.
The beautiful arcades and reliefs surrounding the courtyard.