When you arrives inside...
When you arrives inside Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Mausoleum you NEVER have to give the tumb the cold shoulder. This is not allowed. So take your picture as me! Have you seen the soldier? Don't move nothing! Is like an statue... Wow!
Relaxing atmosphere, delicious food
It has delicious food and local meals of Turkish cuisine. Try soups, meals, grills, desserts, salad. Be sure what you eat is delicious. You can also find Turkish wine alternatives. One should try Ayva (quince) dessert with kaymak (turkish dense cream).
Anit Kabir - Lions Way and Statues
Although there are various entrances to this site, the intention was for the mausoleum to be approached from the main entrance on Anit Caddesi.
Gardens to each side of the road, contain plants and trees that have been sent as gifts from various corners of the world.
At my last visit, the lilac trees were in full bloom, perfuming the air. (My friends friend asked the guard if he could pick a bloom for me, which he allowed, and I still have it pressed in my photo album)
From the ticket office (Where I believe there is now a security check with x-raying of bags)
head towards the stone steps which are flanked by 2 groups of statues.
On the left hand side, 3 male figures- a soldier, a villager and a student, who represent defence, productivity and education.
Opposite are 3 female figures, one at the back is silently crying, to represent the peoples grief at the death of Ataturk, the other 2 figures hold a wreath- to symbolise fertility.
The male and female statues are of equal height , as Ataturk had recognised equality of women in the workplace and in voting.
The statues are situated in front of two towers representing Independence and Liberty/ Freedom.
The Towers have pyramid shaped roofs, with a bronze spear . (This was the custom for Turkish war tents)
The long avenue leading to Victory Square and Ataturks mausoleum was designed to give an impression of greatness.
The Avenue is known as Lions Way, as it is lined with 24 stone paired Hittite styled Lions, indicating Defence. (A Hittite symbol of Strength and Power).
Bulls from Hattusas
Hattusas was the capital of the Hittite empire from about 1375 to 1200 BC. This pair of bulls has been found there.
The bull was the sacred animal of the weather god. Each pair of bulls was used together I the temple cult vessel.
Walk at Hamamönü area
This area has many old houses and Karacabey Turkish bath. There are nice small places for eating something. It is just behind the Hacettepe university hospital. You may pass near hospital on inside from hospital area.