As of today ı will be uploading photos from my vacation tour of Cenral Anatolia and Western Black Sea region.I start with Anıtkabir,Ankara.
Anıtkabir:Anıtkabir (literally, "memorial tomb") is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. It is located in Ankara and was designed by architects Professor Emin Onat and Assistant Professor Ahmet Orhan Arda, whose proposal beat 48 other entries from several countries in a competition held by the Turkish Government in 1941 for a "monumental mausoleum" for Atatürk.
The site is also the final resting place of İsmet İnönü, the second President of Turkey, who was interred there after he died in 1973. His tomb faces the Atatürk Mausoleum, on the opposite side of the Ceremonial Ground.
Road of Lions
The approach to the monument is a 262 m (860 ft)-long pedestrian walkway that is lined on both sides by twelve pairs of lions carved in a style like the Hittite archaeological finds. The lions represent Anatolia and are shown seated to simultaneously represent both power and peace. A five centimeter gap separates the paving stones on the Road of Lions to ensure that visitors take their time and observe respectful behavior on their way to Atatürk's tomb.
The Ceremonial Plaza is situated at the end of the Lions Road. The area is 129 m long and 84 m wide and was designed to accommodate 15,000 people. The floor is decorated with 373 rug and kilim (Turkish carpet) patterns, and is made of travertine in various colors.
Hall of Honor
The symbolic sarcophagus of Atatürk's tomb inside the Hall of Honor.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev laying a wreath to the sarcophagus of Atatürk's tomb inside the Hall of Honor.
The remarks of Queen Elizabeth II on the guestbook of the Hall of Honor.
The Hall of Honor is the iconic symbol of Anıtkabir and the location of Atatürk's tomb. The structure is 41.65 × 57.35 m in plan and rises to a height of 17 m, with the columns themselves measuring 14.4 m.
Atatürk's tomb is situated right under the symbolic 40-ton sarcophagus in the ground floor of The Hall of Honor, and Atatürk's corpse is buried below this in a special Tomb Room in the basement level. The room has an octagonal plan in Seljuk and Ottoman architectural styles, and its pyramidal ceiling is inlaid with gold mosaics.
The park that surrounds the monument is called a Peace Park in honor of Atatürk's famous expression "Peace at home, peace in the world." It contains around 50,000 decorative trees, flowers and shrubs in 104 varieties, donated from around 25 countries.
Towers, statues, museum
Within the Anitkabir site there are ten towers situated in a symmetrical arrangement. These symbolize the ideals that influenced the Turkish nation and the creation of the Republic of Turkey. The towers are similar in terms of planning and structure: they are rectangular, close to a square, with pyramidal roofs. Bronze arrowheads are placed on the top of the roofs, like in traditional Turkish nomad tents. Inside the towers, geometric ornamentation inspired by traditional Turkish carpet (kilim) patterns and motifs, can be found on the towers' ceilings in fresco technique. There are also inscriptions of quotes by Atatürk that correspond to the theme of that tower.
The relief inside the Independence Tower shows a young man standing straight and holding a sword with both hands while an eagle is perching on a rock beside him. The eagle represents power and independence in mythology and in Seljuk art, and the young man with the sword represents the Turkish nation defending its independence.
Women statue group
In front of the Independence Tower there is a statue group of three women in Turkish national costumes. The two women at the sides are holding a large wreath reaching to the ground. This wreath, made up of grain sheafs, represents the abundant country. The woman on the left with a cup in her stretched-out hand is asking for God's compassion for Atatürk, and the woman in the middle, covering her face with her hand, is crying. This group represents the pride of Turkish women, and their solemnity and determination even in the deepest grief of losing Atatürk.
The relief inside the Freedom Tower shows a figure of an angel holding a sheet of paper and a rearing horse next to it. The angel figure symbolizes the holiness of freedom and the sheet of paper symbolizes the Turkish Declaration of Freedom. The horse figure is a symbol of both freedom and independence.
Men statue group
In front of the Freedom Tower there is a statue group made up of three men. The man at the right with a helmet and coat represents a Turkish soldier; on the left with a book in his hand is a Turkish youth and intellectual; behind both of these, in village clothing, is a Turkish peasant. The serious facial expressions of all three statues represent the solemnity and willpower of the Turkish people.
The Mehmetçik Tower is situated on the right-hand side of the end of the Lion's Road. The relief on the exterior facade depicts a mehmetçik (Turkish foot soldier) leaving home for the front. In this composition, a sad but proud mother holding her hand on the shoulder of her son sends him to the war for the country. There is a bookstore and a gift shop in this tower for visitors interested in buying articles about Anıtkabir and Atatürk.
The dates of the nation's most important three victories and Atatürk's words about these victories are inscribed on the walls of this tower. Inside the tower, the gun carriage, which carried Atatürk's coffin from Dolmabahçe Palace to Sarayburnu and handed over to the Navy on 19 November 1938 is on display.
A relief composition expressing Atatürk's principle of Peace at home, peace in the world is inscribed inside the tower walls. In this relief, peasants and a soldier figure protecting them by holding out his sword are depicted. This soldier symbolizes the Turkish Army, the strong and genuine keeper of the peace, allowing people to live their daily lives in peace secured by the Turkish Army.
23rd April Tower
Atatürk's Cadillac Series 80 on display.
On the inside walls of this tower is a relief depicting the opening of the Turkish Grand National Assembly on 23 April 1920. The woman standing in this relief is holding a paper in her hand with an inscription of the date. The key in her other hand symbolizes the opening of the Assembly.
Atatürk's 1936 Cadillac Series 80 car, used between 1936 and 1938, is on display in this tower.
Tower of Reforms
This tower is the extension of the museum and Atatürk's garments are exhibited here. The relief inside the tower wall shows a weak hand holding the torch about to extinguish, symbolizing the downfall of the Ottoman Empire. Another, strong hand raising a radiating torch to the skies symbolizes the reforms with which the new Turkish Republic and Atatürk raised the Turkish Nation to the level of contemporary civilization.
Misak-ı Millî (National Pact) Tower
The tower is at the entry to the museum (see below) and the relief inside this tower symbolizes the binding in unity. The relief shows four hands joining on a sword hilt. This composition symbolizes the nation's common oath to save the Turkish Country.
Anıtkabir Atatürk Museum
Anıtkabir Atatürk Museum opened on 21 June 1960. Atatürk's personal items, his wardrobe, and some of the gifts presented to him are on display in this museum. Atatürk's medals, decorations and some personal items donated to the museum by his adopted children are also exhibited in the museum.
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lousat (95800) 2012-06-24 3:59
Magnificent choice of point of view and a fantastic neverending perspective,what a beautiful and colorful architechture,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
serp2000 (45308) 2012-06-24 4:07
My compliments! Excellent shot! Good perspective, fine details of architecture, thye note is very informative too.
Fis2 (103832) 2012-06-24 4:56
Good colors, light and sharpness.
Miguel82 (27648) 2012-06-24 5:50
Magnific mausoleum and interesting note you write
Beautiful style of architecture
Sharp picture, good light, contrast and colors
dale54 (8766) 2012-06-24 6:00
alperen hello,very nice POV to this,like the people in the distance,good color and good detail in it! tfs! dr
Nicou (148366) 2012-06-24 6:36
Merveulleuse iamge et cpatage superbe compo e tiamge quelle perspective quelc adrage avec ce plafond coloré ces colonnes, les personnages uperbe iamge et compo.
Bravo et amitié
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-06-24 7:03
wow,beautiful architecture.I like the POV placed betweent the Colonnade.Superb colors and clarity.
ourania (49799) 2012-06-24 9:08
a wonderful composition fitted perfectly into the vertical frame. The depth and perspective are fascinating, created by the repeated diminishing patterns of the pillars, the colourful decoration on the ceiling and the paved walkway. The walking family adds scale and movement and enhances the sense of depth. I love the way the light enters the walkway, stays on the pavement and flows among the pillars. Sharpness, clarity and colours are delightful. Well done and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening and week,
altay1364 (0) 2012-06-24 9:55
Goruntu gercekten harika ve nefis,isik yonetimi olsun netlik olsun cok iyi.Ayrica Uluonder Gazi Mustafa Kemali tum saygilarimla aniram.O sahsiyetin okadar guzel isleri var ki;ben notla razi degilim ve biz Turk dunyasi icin de cok onemli hizmetleri oldu . paylastigin icin tesekkurler
Graal (103038) 2012-06-24 10:13
very nice image here. Good shot and presentation. I like the perspective and details of architecture. Well note also.
Have a nice evening.
Hunkar (7356) 2012-06-24 12:59
Harika bir perspektif,
Detaylarıyla güzel bir kompozisyon,
danos (101730) 2012-06-25 2:19
Good morning Alperen,
nice the creative perspective from the corridor of the memorial tomb to lead-in the eye on the far end of it.
I like the colourful ceiling with the light and the colour management to are well captured.
Have a good week,danos
abmdsudi (57148) 2012-06-25 7:01
Impressive long perspective with tremdeous depth and wonderful to see how these columns recede into the far end. A great shot from excellent viewpoint, so pin sharp, splendid details and colors. Well done Congrats
adramad (48368) 2012-06-25 7:40
Fabulous perspective this gallery beautifully decorated, the group of people give us ideal proportions.
Very good management of the brightness and sharpness.
Well done, I do.
Have a nice day.
mesutilgim (96718) 2012-06-25 11:31
Selam Alperen kardeşim,
Anıtkabirden güzel bir görüntü.
Seçtiğin format, bakış açısı ve kadraj mükemmel.
Selam ve sevgiler
pajaran (64354) 2012-06-25 11:36
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa datim podacima ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Kod nas pocinje nevreme sa jakim vetrom i kisom.
Belirli bir veri ile çok ilginç ve iyi bir metin ...
İyi görüntü netlik, kontrast ve bakış açısı, güzel renkler.
İyi çalışma ve kompozisyon.
Yeni bir hafta içinde Enjoyable akşam ve tüm iyi hangi başlamıştır.
Burada kuvvetli rüzgar ve yağmur bir fırtına başlar.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-06-25 12:05
I remember this imposing mausoleum I was here in 1996 & 1998, the composition is very spectacular, great details and perspective. Beautiful photo work of this important place, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
mkamionka (39489) 2012-06-25 12:12
very attractive geometry. Great idea for the composition. I like the presence of people as well as they are helping to imagine the scale of this place.
Very well seen and done.
bukitgolfb301 (44210) 2012-06-25 16:06
Hi MERHABA dear Alperan
Sorry for my late reaction.
You have so much variety of subjects, back to the architecture. This is another impressive image.
Nice geometry appraoch, I have an illusion that I will be involved inside. Sharpness and clearness is as usual as your trademark. Thanks for your sharing with nice shot and have a good start of week!
Takero from Tokyo
mohammad_H (10058) 2012-06-25 22:27
نمایش با دید عمیق "و متمرکز در انتها
مدیریت در نور و کنتراست
روز خوبی را برایت ارزو میکنم
Showing the depth of vision "and focuses on the end
Management in light and contrast
I wish you good day
Suppiluliuma (3913) 2012-06-25 23:03
Nice perspective, detailed narrative.
Apart from the barrel distortion, I tend to think that the symmetry is slightly off (at the top and on the left).
sacimar (27699) 2012-06-26 5:39
this is a good picture, you have played with perspective in this beautiful column hall, I like the presence of the people also, well done,
ChrisJ (117197) 2012-06-26 5:57
I love the repetiiton of the columns & the diminishing linear perspective here. The people add scale & context. Good color & sharpness especially the ornate vividly colored ceiling pattern. Good shadow detail at left, that contrasts well against the sunlit section at right. Tfs!
Schnappilic (9692) 2012-06-26 11:36
Splendid picture with superb perspective. Well done!
PecoBud (3824) 2012-06-26 13:44
First...........BRAVO!! Excellent photo with perfect vertical formatting showing no limits to your ability. Beautiful colors and light management with superior clarity and fine details. Your POV is very artistic and very well thought out, outstanding job Alperen!!
TFS..........Your Friend from California.......Buddy
manatee (4668) 2012-06-26 19:28
VEry nice picture, with a nice angle, and depth I like the colors and the peple, this way give us the opportunity to see the size of this path.
Wonderful and TFS
jmdias (67145) 2012-06-27 3:09
very nice pov catching the modern columns and addornments of the ceiling and a group of personages.TFS.
Silvio1953 (150173) 2012-06-27 4:19
Ciao Alperen, fentastic perspective on wonderful colorful architecture, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
aliabazari (16252) 2012-06-27 6:31
This picture is very good depth. Exposure and color are well performed.
jemaflor (101241) 2012-06-27 9:50
great perscpective and depth for your photo, well managed, interesting architecture, well also the human presence, well made and tfs.
tatadalou (7459) 2012-06-27 15:43
Nice perspective shot. I like the position of the convergence of creepage. Excellent sharpness.
Royaldevon (41732) 2012-06-28 2:14
This is a very strong shot.
Your chosen pov uses the converging lines of the mausoleum to great effect, guiding the viewers deep into the shot. The reducing columns add a good sense of perspective, whilst the figures give us the scale.
Beautifully sharp with lovely tones of colour.
Have a lovely day,
Sonata11 (33971) 2012-06-28 16:56
this gallery is stunningly impressive. Wonderful details of this amazing architecture. My congratulation for wonderful photo job. An excellent. Awesome!!!!!. Thanks for sharing. I love it.
Angshu (56760) 2012-06-28 22:20
The perspective has been well rendered with fine depth. What I like is the fine ceiling with the Turkish carpet patterns. Good light & well done!
baddori (20159) 2012-06-28 23:52
Un soffitto già celebrato in TE ma bellissimo proposto col colonnato.
Ricca di arte e di storia Anittepe e le sue bellezze.
Una ottima condivisione.
josepmarin (58359) 2012-06-29 9:44
your informative note about this place is impressive, as also it is the deep perspective and the graphical effect created by the geometry of this corridor, by the columns and by the magnificent ceiling.
The symmetry of the composition increases its quality, and the presence of people provides a good dynamism to the scene, as well as a good scale reference of this architecture.
A good work.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-06-29 9:44
You have created a nice depth by converging those collonades leading the viewer to the small door. The ceiling is also well captured showing the beautiful work. A lively scene with people walking.
Tigerlily (3379) 2012-06-29 10:10
I love the POV. The celing is very beautiful.. great light management. Have a nice weekend as well..:-)
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-06-30 4:33
Ola Alperen ,
Beleza de foto debaixo deste corredor com estas colunas , boa luz , a foto ficou com uma profundidade fantástica , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Cricri (123694) 2012-07-02 10:30
Excellente cette image, le cadrage parfait offrant un parfaite perspective, les détails des pierres, mais surtout la décoration du plafond, magnifique
ikeharel (76041) 2012-07-04 5:20
Nice sharpness and good DOF, with people stroll along gave a sense of movement to image.
Robert1969 (7160) 2012-07-04 9:48
A picture that is taken from a great
point of view and has a great composition:
that creates a nice depth in the picture
and a nice symmetry. Light management is
also very good.
Waylim (25502) 2012-07-06 9:14
This is a really good shot, What I'm really impressed with is th depth you have captured. Especially on the ceiling with the beuatiful color and design. Great POV using these rows of collumns to lead us in, also the lines give great perspective as they leads toward the vanishing point. The presence of the people walking in provide liveliness as well as give a sense of scale. Excellent shot, my complements.
REZA_V (700) 2012-08-04 9:35
Your picture is very beautiful. Light and color are good. With respect
sacavem (18620) 2012-08-04 17:28
Good pattern of repetition and a nice asymmetric angle. Interesting note. good side POV to show us the depth of this porch and the shadow/light composition provided by the "arches".
tedesse (25135) 2012-11-25 0:59
Excellent point of view, fantastic perspective. Beautiful architecture, lovely colours and good sharpness, the note is very informative too.
claudeD (40846) 2012-11-26 22:22
very good composition for this interesting picture. Excellent sharpness and good colors. Very well seen and done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
bayno (18344) 2012-12-04 9:14
Incredible perspective and dept....realy nice work and the light is well managed...
Didi (60590) 2012-12-18 4:41
Interesting and nice perspective who give a deep composition.
macjake (70997) 2012-12-20 3:52
for obvious reasons, I can truly see why this photo has gained alot of positive attention for you.
and its all about that ceiling and long perspective lines! :)
very beautiful and artistic indeed.
love the depth and colors.
fritzi007 (11858) 2012-12-21 16:31
interessantes, sehr gutes Foto und Kommentar!
fotka (4659) 2013-01-04 6:39
Wow, this is very special shot. I like how you composed this shot with lines of columns on both side and pattern of identical paintings on the ceiling. It was good idea that you added people to this shot to show a scale of the columns.