"Ankara Palas" is a historical building, which is used as an official state guest house in the capital Ankara.
Initially designed as the Ministry of Health building, it was used as a hotel for the members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey following the completion of its construction in 1928.
The building in the style of First Turkish National Architecture was designed in 1924 by architect Vedat Tek (1873-1942). However, since he did not continue with the construction, Mimar Kemaleddin Bey (1870-1927) took over. He died on July 13, 1927 at the building site. The building was completed in 1928.
It is located in Ulus district across the historical building of the first Grand National Assembly (today War of Independence Museum).
The symmetrical two-story, pitched-roof building with a domed central entrance way flanked by twin towers demonstrates characteristics of the First Turkish national architectural movement.
The building was completely restored in 1983 as a 60-room state guesthouse with reception, dining room, banquet hall and tea lounge.
Ankara Palas was first established as a “Parliamentary Club” in 1927 and has great importance as the symbol of the Republic with its architectural features, historical, political and artistic missions. It is located just across from the old National Assembly Building and was the place where the deputies gathered from time to time and made decisions about the country.
This rectangular building has three stories including the basement. The large ballroom which still hosts balls, auctions and concerts has fascinating decorations on its ceiling. A tea and games room opens onto a terrace next to the ballroom. At the back of the building is a dining room, with a capacity for 500 and it was used especially for embassy receptions. The building was used as an office and exhibition area between 1976-1982 by the Ministry of Industry and Technology. It was restored by MOFA and opened as “Ankara Palace State Guest House” with a reception in October 29, 1983.
The rooms, most of which are single, are on the entrance floor. The rooms facing the front lobby are used for administrative purposes. The front of the building is richly ornamented and Rumi (stylized design of Seljukian art) motives were used. The high ground floor windows are decorated with pointed arches and small balconies and the iron decorations of those windows are positioned as complementary architectural elements. The corridor is decorated with big vases and the works of famous Turkish artists hang on the walls.
The front and the special suit placed over it, has been marked with wide profiled moldings and a high pointed arch. The high ground floor windows are decorated with high pointed arches and the small balconies and the iron decorations of those windows are positioned as complementary architectural elements. The corridor is decorated with big vases while the works of famous Turkish artists paintings were hanging on the walls.
The palace was used as a hotel until 1969. Spectacular “Republic Balls” used to take place in Ankara Palas and it was among Atatürk's favorite places. If you are invited to a ball at Ankara Palace be sure not to miss it for the ambiance is wonderful. We suggest you visit the old National Assembly just across from Ankara Palace. Moreover, if you have some time, the road from Ulus will lead you to old Ankara where you may see the famed Ankara Citadel, or Ankara Kalesi
Atatürk and his friends stayed and eat here many times. There were big balls here. On the other side of this building you may find first parlimentary building.