Touring Turkey’s Capital – Anitkabir Mausoleum
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit what I would consider the real Turkey. Not just the places visited by cruise ships, but the authentic inner workings of a place very different from the world I know. During my visit I posted an Instagram video of an afternoon Call to Prayer and commented that ‘Travel is Education’, which couldn’t be more true. Images from my visit may not generate your traditional wanderlust, but I hope it will bring you a small scoop of perspective of the world we live in as it did for me. Enjoy.
Built in 1941 the mausoleum for Mustafa Kemal Ataturk rests in the center of Turkey’s capital of Ankara. The scale of the mausoleum lends itself in demonstrating the love and appreciation the Turkish have for their great leader, also known as the Father of the Republic of Turkey. ‘Ataturk’ in fact means “Father of the Turks”. Although my understanding of Turkish history is minimal at best (it isn’t easy with 2000+ years of history), Ataturk is credited with almost single handedly transforming the collapsed Ottoman Empire to the great nation that Turkey is today by building schools, decreasing taxes, and encouraging political and social reforms.