The Idea of Anıtkabir

Anıtkabir, the eternal resting place of the Great Leader Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, is located in the heart of Ankara.

The themes of reliefs and statues prepared for Anıtkabir are chosen from the history, the history of the Turkish War of Independence and the Republic, and Atatürk's life.

The Great Leader Atatürk, achieved success by getting the support of his nation during his struggle to create an independent Turkish Nation under the concept of a democratic state based on national sovereignty.

Atatürk instilled in his beloved nation that a nation's resoluteness and eagerness would save the independence and unity of the motherland against the invading enemy. It was this resoluteness and eagerness that enabled Atatürk to establish independent Republic of Turkey, and to make the necessary reforms to elevate Turkey to the level of contemporary civilization.

His illness worsened and he passed away in Dolmabahçe Palace on November 10, 1938, in the fifteenth year of the Republic. He did not have a grave built for himself; nor did he leave a testament regarding the place of interment.

In 1923, during a conversation, he said "Of course, I will die one day and you will bury me in Çankaya and keep my memory alive" and then added "Let my nation bury me where they want, but Çankaya will be the place my memory will continue to live ".

Anıtkabir, which is the expression of the great respect and appreciation of the Turkish Nation for their Great Leader, is the most meaningful work of the Republic of Turkey.