Going to Turkey was one of my most-cherished dreams. It is a country with great history and culture and one of the prime destinations for tourists. I got my wish finally.
Last month, I accompanied a team of Afghan judges, prosecutors and police to Ankara for a one week training mission on intercept technology sponsored and organized by the Afghanistan Justice Organization, the British Embassy in Kabul and National Crime Agency.
I also got an opportunity one day to explore Turkish capital city, Ankara, the history it carries and how it came today to be from the days of the Ottoman empire.
I visited the mausoleum of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, and clicked some pictures there.
Anitkabir (memorial tomb), the mausoleum of Turkey’s first president Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, is one of the prime attractions for tourists in Ankara, the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city.
The mausoleum was designed by eminent architects, Emin Onat and Ahmet Orhan Arda, whose proposal was selected among 48 other entries from several countries in 1941.
The site chosen for Ataturk’s mausoleum was earlier known as Rasattepe (Observation Hill), which used to be a prime location in Ankara.
The construction work on the mausoleum carried out in four stages, commended on October 4, 1944 and took more than nine years to complete.
There are four main sections in the mausoleum: the Road of Lions, the Ceremonial Plaza, the Hall of Honor and the Peace Park that surrounds the historic monument. The Hall of Honor houses Ataturk’s tomb.
The lush-green park around the monument, containing 50,000 decorative trees, is known as ‘Peace Park’ in honor of Ataturk’s famous expression: “Peace at home, peace in the world.”
Inside the Anıtkabir site, there are ten towers in a symmetrical arrangement, symbolizing the ideals that shaped Ataturk’s worldview and the creation of Turkey.
The words of two famous speeches made by Ataturk – ‘Address to the Turkish youth’ and ‘The oration’ – are inscribed on the façade of the mausoleum in gold.
Anıtkabir Atatürk Museum houses Ataturk'’s personal items, his wardrobe, and some of the gifts presented to him by his friends and followers.
The exquisite medals, decorations and personal items donated to the museum by his adopted children are also on display in the museum.
A long queue of visitors can be seen in the museum, mostly those from European countries. The interior designing and layout is of the highest quality.
A visit to Turkey, and Ankara in particular, is incomplete without coming to this place. As one Turkish official told me, the soul of Ataturk is still alive here.
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