Ataturk’s Memorial in Ankara

My father told me he would kill me if I ever joined the military. Out of fear – and philosophical issues – I never did. However, when I visit a place like Ataturk’s Memorial in the middle of Turkey’s capitol, Ankara, I can see the value in the force for revolution that creates change for the common good.

The memorial uses clean, angular design, great views, marching soldiers, statues, dioramas, and recreations of the sounds of war to help to promote the importance of Turkey’s founding fathers, particularly Ataturk.
Ataturk died five minutes past 9AM, November 10, 1938 and the memorial is quite impressive. During his reign, Ataturk was actually quite a progressive, helping give women the right to vote and separating religion from government, something that still holds true in one of my favorite new destinations in the world, Turkey.

Devin Galaudet is the Editor of In The Know Traveler, an online travel magazine dedicated to international travel and cultural exchange. He also shares his insider information as a working travel writer on his personal blog Travel. Write. Live.. Before travel, he has survived careers in antiques, construction, film and professional card playing. When Devin is not traveling or writing, he lives in Los Angeles with his fiance, pixie-like ten-year-old daughter and his compulsive book buying habit. And yes, I am horseback riding in Costa Rica. Photo by Tim Williamson

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