Anitkabir Offers a Scenic Panorama of the City and Turkish History


The crowning jewel of monuments in Ankara, the Anitkabir is definitely worth a visit for its historical value and beautiful views. The structure sits on top of the Rasettepe (Observation Hill,) which at the time of Anitkabir’s construction, could have been seen from anywhere in Ankara. Now, after Ankara’s rapid urban expansion, Anitkabir offers a scenic panorama of the city and Turkish history.

Everything at the Anitkabir falls in line with Ataturk’s catered-to-Turkey Westernization. The architecture of Anitkabir, classified to be Second National Architecture Movement, bows down to the Ottoman past in its Seljuq ornamental features but also looks towards the West from among the neo-Classical columns of the mausoleum.

The mausoleum itself is as much of a monument to Mustafa Kemel Ataturk as it is to the Turkish people. The stones used in the mausoleum come from various parts of Turkey, representing the very diverse population and their devotion to the founder of modern Turkey. Upon entering the site of the mausoleum, one is greeted by the statues representing Turkish men and women, a quite accurate representation of the welcoming and friendly Turks. Going forward, the regal feel of the place is heightened by the Road of Lions, which represent Anatolia and more metaphorically, power and peace. The Road ends in the Ceremonial Plaza, decorated with Turkish carpet patterns, which also houses the Hall of Honor, the final magnificent resting place of Ataturk.

To bottom line is that while visiting Ankara, Anitkabir is a must if one ever wants to begin to understand the complexities of Turkish nationality. The Anitkabir, as well as the variety of people it draws, represents much of what modern Turkey is today. Besides, the view is great!


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One Comment on “Anitkabir Offers a Scenic Panorama of the City and Turkish History”

  1. February 7, 2013 at 1:53 am #

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