Turkish History – A Significant Anniversary

Today is another hugely important day in the Turkish calendar. On the 29th October, I wrote about Cumhuriyet Bayramı which marks the anniversary of the declaration of the modern Turkish Republic. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was named as the first leader.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Statue, Fethiye

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk statue in Fethiye

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on 10th November 1938. He died at 9:05 am in Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul and the clock in his bedroom is still kept at 9:05. Many people in Turkey stop whatever they are doing on this day at 9:05 and have a moment’s silence to honour his memory. Special events and ceremonies take place all over the country through the day.

Atatürk’s huge mausoleum, Anıtkabir, is on a hill, overlooking Turkey’s capital city, Ankara.

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  1. R.I.P. MUSTAFA ATATURK.XXX

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