In the very heart of the Turkish capital stands Anitkabir in commemoration of the most important events in the country's history. The main building is the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, a hero of Turkey's war for independence and the first president of the republic. When you enter the area, a massive avenue leads you to the mausoleum, which is a unique sight. You will also find the Peace Park as part of the complex, where trees from around the world were planted to honor the epigram of Atatürk: "Peace at home, peace in the world".
An awe-inducing sightAnitkabir means 'memorial tomb' in Turkish, and it is a complex unlike most other sights in Ankara. The walkway leading to the mausoleum is named Lion Road after the 24 lion statues flanking the avenue. Lions were considered a Hittite symbol of power and makes for an impressive sight. As you walk past Lion Road you enter a majestic avenue in front of the mausoleum, framed by colonnaded walkways and the huge tomb of Atatürk located on your left. You enter the mausoleum through large brass doors, where you must remove your hat upon entry. The hall inside features simple mosaic decorations recalling the many ages and civilizations of Anatolia: Hittite, Hellenic, Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman.
Stepping into historyRight next to the Anitkabir you will find the museum honoring both Atatürk himself and the War of Independence. Inside you can find memorabilia and personal effects from the life and work of Turkey's first president, including several automobiles. A multimedia show about his life will teach you more about the most important period in Turkish history.
Anitkabir is easily accessible through the city's public transport network. If you're staying at our Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara you can easily combine a visit there with a trip to the Kocatepe Mosque or the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.