The Atatürk Mausoleum in Ankara

Last weekend two friends and I visited Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Atatürk was the first president and founder of Turkey. The museum was a short dolmuş ride from where we live, located just outside of Kızılay.

Outside the memorial was an area called Peace Park. It had really lovely landscaping and flowers:


Turkish flag garden display


Entrance to the mausoleum was free!


Atatürk Mausoleum


There were traditional and ceremonial guards at the entrance:


Guard at Anıtkabir


Reliefs at Anıtkabir


We went into the museum, but photography was not allowed. It featured items and gifts that belonged to Atatürk and had a large section about different battles in Turkey. Near the end, it had Atatürk’s library. There was so much history! I learned Atatürk adopted 13 children.

The Hall of Honor holds Atatürk’s tomb:


Anıtkabir Hall of Honor


Ceiling design


Guard at Anıtkabir


It was an overcast day and we got a little rain, but enjoyed checking out Anıtkabir!



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