Museum of the Republic, Ankara
Cumhuriet Muzesi is just a few meters south of the War of Independence Museum. It was the second Parliament building of Turkey for the Grand Assembly.
It’s a 2storey building that was built by architect Vedat Tek.
It’s very important for the Turkish people because it was here where Ataturk took and announce all the international treaties and agreements. Unfortunatelly, all the information inside the museum is in Turkish so the visitor will be bored soon. Hopefully, our local friend knew someone so we had a private tour inside!
There are 2 grand stairs at opposite ends of the entrance hall but of course the most impressive area is the main assembly hall (pic 2). Everything is original except the murano that got stolen many years before. We also took pictures of the assembly hall from the audience boxes. By the way all the ceilings in the museum were interesting to check with several Seljuk and ottoman ornaments and patterns.
There are many rooms with pictures, documents and other items that belong to Ataturk (pic 3), some scale models of the building (pic 4), speeches of the 3 first presidents, laws passed by the Grand Assembly etc
It is open 8.30-11.45 and 13.00-16.45, Tuesday-Sunday
If you visit the museum don’t miss the café at the back yard, it’s very peaceful and the garden has some colorful flowers (pic 5)
Open every day except Mondays, from 08.30 to 17.00 (closed between 12.00-13.00)
Architect Vedat Tek planned and had this building constructed as the headquarters of Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (Republican Peoples Party) in 1923. ıt hosted the first National Assembly of the young Turkish Republic.
It is a two-story building and the ceilings are decorated with Seljuk and Ottoman motifs. As it became insufficient for the National Assembly, new buildings were added until it stopped hosting the Assembly in 1961. Then the building was assigned to CENTO, transferred to the Ministry of Culture in 1979 and converted to "The Museum of the Republic" in 1981.
The events that took place during the period of the first three presidents of the Republic, their speeches, photos and some private objects, decrees and laws, are exhibited in the museum.
The Museum of the Republic is located close to the Liberation War Museum. Originally planned to house the People's Republic Party, it was actually the second building for the Turkish National Parliament, as its first was too small to meet the needs of the developing Turkish Republic. Archive of the important events in the early republican period are displayed here.
Opening hours: 09.00-12.00 & 13.30-17.00, closed Mondays.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Ankara on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39º 56' 28.88" N 32º 51' 11.28" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Museum of the Republic .