Atatürk Mausoleum in Ankara

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.Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5100.jpgReliefs depict battle scenes of the War of Independence.Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5101.jpg


Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5112.jpgLarge plaque with Ataturk quotes inside the Hall of Honour.Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5106.jpgThe 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.Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5105.jpg

Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5104.jpgA view of the Ceremonial Plaza and the towers and arcades that surround it.Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5109.jpgLooking 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.)Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5114.jpg

Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5115.jpgRepresenting 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.Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5117.jpg

Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5118.jpgRepresenting 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.Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5121.jpg

Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5122.jpgThe beautiful arcades and reliefs surrounding the courtyard.Ataturk Mausoleum_IMG_5126.jpg

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Ataturk Mausoleum_03387.jpgAs we conclude our visit to the Ataturk Mausoleum, we cross the Ceremonial Plaza to the tomb of Turkey’s second President, Ismet Inonu (1884 - 1973) which faces the mausoleum.Ismet Inonu_Ankara_IMG_5134.jpg

Ismet Inonu_IMG_5134.jpgOff to the museum.

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Welcome to my travel photo blog. Photography has been a part of my life for a long time – back in the day the Pentax Super Program was always near at hand. But it wasn’t until I started travelling around the world that photography became a vehicle for me to show others about the absolutely amazing and complex world we live in. My hope is to share with you glimpses of what I’ve seen. Enjoy!