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What is the soldier looking for? Could it be the two men sitting below? Probably not, after all, because this soldier from the Turkish war of independence (1919-1923) would not have been bothered by two friendly pensioners.

The bronze soldier is part of a major monument, crowned by Kemal Atatürk - founder and first president of the Turkish Republic - sitting on a horse-back.

The location is Ulus Square (Ulus Meydanı), the centre of the older part of Ankara, the capital of Turkey. It was from here, and the nearby ancient citadel, that Ankara grew from a modest provincial town in the 1920's to the multi million city that it has become today.

While the Ulus area is still a very busy district, the most important parts of the city are now 2-3 km further south, where the parliament, government buildings, presidential palace and also the major hotels and modern shopping areas are located.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3524 W: 301 N: 7577] (39489)
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