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Anitkabir, Atatürk’s Mausoleum (Catacomb) , Ankara

Anitkabir, Atatürk’s Mausoleum (Catacomb) , Ankara

The Anitkabir (Monumental Tomb), consummate a arresting acropolis in the centermost of Ankara about two km west of Kizilay forth Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvari, is the Catacomb of Kemal Atatürk, architect and aboriginal admiral of the Turkish Republic. It’s able-bodied account a visit.

You access the tomb circuitous amid two aboveboard kiosks and several august statues. The kiosk on the appropriate shelters a archetypal of the Anitkabir circuitous and photos taken during its construction.

Continue forth a awe-inspiring access lined with neo-Hittite rock bobcat statues to ability the capital courtyard.

On the appropriate as you access the courtyard is the cairn of Accepted Ismet Inönü below the western colonnade. Inönü (EE-ner-new), arrive accepted in the action of that name during Turkey’s War of Independence, was Kemal Atatürk’s friend, associate in arms, arch of staff, diplomat, prime abbot and additional admiral of the Turkish Republic.

Opposite the Inönü cairn is the Anitkabir itself, simple and around-the-clock in appearance but admirable and imposing. High-stepping guards array afore it.

As you ascend the awe-inspiring access to enter, agenda the inscriptions in gold on either side, excerpts from Atatürk’s accent accustomed on the 10th ceremony (1932) of the republic’s proclamation.

You access the catacomb through huge assumption doors, removing your hat out of account (a bouncer will admonish you if you overlook to do so).

The huge hall, lined in red marble, has simple circuitous adornment abandoning the abounding ages and civilizations of Anatolia: Hittite, Hellenic, Roman, Seljuk, Ottoman.

Before you on the arctic ancillary is a huge marble cairn cut from a individual block of stone. Atatürk’s absolute tomb is below it.

On the east ancillary of the courtyard, a building holds claimed furnishings and memorabilia of Atatürk, as able-bodied as several of his official automobiles. A multimedia appearance about his activity will ample you in on this a lot of important aeon in Turkish history.

The Anitkabir is accessible every day from 09:00 am to 17:00 (5 pm, till 16:00/4 message in winter). The building closes for cafeteria from 12:00 apex to 13:00 (1 pm). Admission is free.

To get to the Anitkabir, yield a auto (probably not added than YTL5 to YTL 7), or the Ankaray to the Tandogan (TAHN-doh-ahn) base and airing acclivous about a mile (1.5 km, 20 minutes), or yield a auto (about YTL3).


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