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A solemn tribute to the sheer greatness of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Anıtkabir is inarguably one of the most revered sites in the whole of Turkey. Gracing the capital city of Ankara, this august mausoleum bewitches the onlooker with its colossal scale and neat, symmetrical architecture. Perched on what was then known as the Observation Hill, the site has been clearly demarcated into four sections, namely the Road of Lions, the Ceremonial Plaza, the Hall of Honor and the Peace Park. The Road of Lions is essentially a long entryway lined with elegant lion sculptures which denote both power and peace, hence igniting a sense of respect and awe in the hearts of the visitor. The Ceremonial Plaza, on the other hand, is an iridescent space swathed in colorful rugs and patterns. While the Peace Park, with its blooming acacias, silverberries and honeysuckles, enlivens the otherwise-somber expanse, it is the Hall of Honor which is the crowning glory of the entire place. Complete with eaves, columns and gilded inlaid work, this hall is where the Turkish revolutionary’s tomb is ensconced. The mausoleum grounds also harbor spacious arcades, historic sculptures and a tapestry of ten structural towers which uphold the ethos of the nation.

War of Independence Museum

Established in 1961, The War of Independence Museum is situated in the Turkish Grand National Assembly building. The museum showcases photographs, scripts, documents and furnishings pertaining to the Independence War, having served as the Republican People's Party's Headquarters in the past. Each of the rooms in the museum feature their own exhibits that all offer a glimpse into the times of war for independence.

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations (Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi) in the city of Ankara presents itself as perfect guide to the country's multi-colored and varied history of civilizations and cultures that have evolved on its land. The artifacts have been collected from archaeological sites such as the Çatalhöyük and Gordium, most of which are housed inside the two monuments; Mahmut Paşa Bedesteni and Kurşunlu Han, both dating back to the 15th-century Ottoman era. The initial rooms in the main building (Kurşunlu Han) hold artifacts from the Neolithicum, the Chalcolithicum, and the Early Bronze era. Other rooms carry forward the exhibit of artifacts such as important letters, coins, reliefs and statues from the Early Hittite and the Hittite civilization. The Phrygians collection is mainly focused on the large tumulus and the recreation of the tomb of King Midas with the statue of the Mother Goddess Kybele. Jewelery, coins and vessels made from ceramics, gold and silver, mainly represent the Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Period which elaborately showcases its cultural assets.

Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum

Nestled in a historic inn constructed in the year 1522, Cengelhan Rahmi M. Koc Museum displays various ancient technological items associated with the region. Displays at this museum include scientific tools and instruments, road transport, engineering, everyday life and maritime artifacts. Established by Mr Rahmi M Koc, Cengelhan Rahmi M. Koc Museum also houses small collections dedicated to the country's first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Mr Rahmi's father, Vehbi Koc, a well-known industrialist.

Kocatepe Mosque

Beguiling and blindingly-white, Kocatepe Masjid is regarded for being an incredible cultural and architectural marvel. Sitting flanked by four towering minarets, the mosque was built in the 1940s, through joint efforts by the then Prime Minister and individuals striving towards the same goal. A stirring embodiment of Ottoman architecture with subtle undertones of modernist styles, the mosque bedazzles the onlooker with its monumental scale. The interior of the mosque is just as magnificent, what with iridescent stained glass windows, globule-like chandeliers and beautifully-ornamented ceilings casting a warm glow all throughout. Touted to be one of the largest mosques in the world, it also incorporates Islamic architectural elements. One of the most dominating landmarks dotted on Ankara’s dynamic landscape, the mosque seamlessly chronicles the course of Ottoman history, culture and architecture. An incandescent canopy come night, Kocatepe Mosque is one of the most prized possessions of the city.

Haci Bayram Mosque

Hacı Bayram Camii or Haci Bayram Mosque was built during the 1400s and is one of the city's most noted monuments. Named after the founder of the Bayrami sect, Hacı Bayram-ı Veli, this mosque is noted for its cultural significance, architecture and mausoleum of the founder that stands adjacent to it. A must see while in the city.

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