Anıtkabir and Ankara Guided Tour
Mausoleum of Atatürk, Anitkabir, Ankara is the monumental grave (also known as Anıtkabir Mausoleum) built in the name of the founder of our republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Atatürk lived the first half of his life as an Ottoman officer, and he lived the second part of his life as a rebel who became the first president and founder of the modern democratic secular Turkish republic. Following his passing in Istanbul on the 10th of September in 1938, Atatürk’s body was preserved in chemicals and placed in the Ethnography Museum of Ankara. Construction of Anıtkabir started in 1944 after long debates and competitions to decide the design.
Anıtkabir was completed in 9 years and was opened for visits on the first of September 1953. Anıtkabir was built on a very central location in Ankara which is known as an observation hill. The building was visible from all around the city but today unfortunately other buildings blocked the view. Anıtkabir Mausoleum has two entrances. One is on feet and the other is on wheels. You should have a full empty trunk if you came with your car or bus for safety reasons. There will be a security check on your belongings and then you will need to walk uphill for about five minutes. You will find yourself in front of the monument. There is a large courtyard surrounded by mausoleum and museum facilities. One hour will be enough to see the basics and entrance is free of charge. See you soon, Hasan Gülday.