Sunday, June 19, 2011


Anıtkabir is a stunning place in Ankara. It is the place that houses the final resting place and masoleum for the father of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

It is a sight to behold and a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours. I highly recommend it if you ever come to Ankara. There is more to see in this city than it's wonderful airport (as suggested by some guide books as the only thing to see here). Here are some images taken there at the end of May when I went for the first time with visiting family:

There are a few of these stone reliefs... stunning.

A huge promenade is lined by these tigers.

Large statues are seen everywhere on the grounds.

Ataturk's final resting place.

The changing of the guard is truly something to be seen. It was mesmerizing.

Guards stand at just about every entrance. They rarely move and don't speak unless they are changing the guard...

The tomb as seen from the entrance where you come up into the masoleum space. It is so huge, so beautiful and FREE to go and see!!


Kristen said...

Your pictures and tales make me want to make Turkey one of our stops whenever we get to our Mediterranean vacation one day!

AngelaMae said...

Oh you should!!! It is a wonderful place and the people are just amazing... it's also home to many of the New Testament churches... I'll be going to Ephesus in just a few days... can't wait to post those pics!