Monday, November 10, 2008

At Five Past Nine


He spent his last years... The Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul

Unfortunately his health deteriorated.

On Nov 10, 1938 at 9:05 a.m. died in this room that is now part of the Museum.

''One day my mortal body will turn to dust,
but the Turkish Republic will stand forever.''


Have a look inside the Palace? Take here 360degree online tour with awesome views and maps.

After that, leading to capital City Ankara. Taken his tomb temporarily from Ethnographical Museum, he was buried in his eternal resting place at Anitkabir on Nov 10, 1953.

''This nation has never lived without independence.
We can not and shall not live without it.
Either independence or death.''

Anitkabir is the Turkish nation's window on its past and future. Take here 360degree online tour to fully explore His Mausoleum.

As occurs every November 10...

We commemorate today the 70th anniversary of the passing away of Turkey's great leader and founder, our Father figure: Atatürk

With the lowering of flags and blasting the sirens and horns at 9:05 a.m. which the moment when he died. His spirit is still very much alive, and deeply embedded in our national consciousness.

Rest in peace.

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  1. You love your country and that is a good thing, I enjoyed the 360degree tour, it's beautiful.

  2. Nihal, thank you for sharing this with us. It is so interesting to learn new things.

    We have days on which we honor past leaders, too. Unfortunately, I believe so many Americans use the days as holidays, and they fail to think about the reason we are honoring.

  3. YOU are in our hearts forever and ever.
    Nothing can change this.

  4. Hi!
    You have a lovely blog an dwonderful pictures! Thanks for your very kind word on my blog :-)

  5. Dear Nihal, tks for the virtual tour and interesting facts. It's always wonderful to know our past and appreciate them in many forms. hope you are having a good day :D

  6. Thanks, Nihal, for letting us know about this day. I want to read more about Attaturk, I don't know a lot about him, other than his importance to your nation.

  7. Nihal,
    I didn't know a lot about Ataturk until we visited Turkey in 1998 and learned that he is the "Father of modern Turkey". Tonight, I gathered my photos from our trip that year and will begin sharing some photos and memories beginning this Friday the 14th. In the meantime, I will be sharing my friendship post on Wednesday the 12th. Tomorrow is Veteran's Day here so I have a special post for that day in memory of my dad who was a WWII veteran.

  8. Nihal, I have the biography of Zsa Zza Gabor, Hungarian actress who moved to America and married 9 or 10 times (or more). Anyway, in her biography she claims she was the lover of Ataturk. But I think this is only in her imagination!!

    He is a towering figure in Turkey, and was a very important 20th century leader.

    Your blog is looking better than ever. I hope to visit Turkey some day. Did you know about the Greek series about a love affair between a young Greek and a young Turkish? It was playing on tv some time ago.

  9. @ Lavinia: I know Zsa Zsa Gabor's passion about Ataturk:) Oh many thanks for your kind compliments on my little space:) Day by day it's to be improved because I dislike staying routine. Visiting Turkey? Great plan! Hope you can Lavinia, it's more than I could tell here! Long history, culture mosaic etc etc..
    Oh, it played there? Wow, I didn't know this before! Yes, it was one of my most loved seris. Bana Veda Etme as in turkish, Do not say goodbye to me in eng. A story of Murat and Christina, their incredible struggle against their communities.