Lion Road


You enter the Anıt Kabir by the Lion Road, lined along its 262m length leading up to the vast plaza by 24 lion statues. Two squat towers mark the entrance – inside the right-hand tower is a scale model of the site and a booth selling audio guides.

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Nearby Ankara attractions

1. Anıt Kabir

0.22 MILES

The monumental mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881–1938), the founder of modern Turkey, sits high above the city with its abundance of marble and air…

2. Anıt Kabir Museum

0.23 MILES

The buildings on one side of the Anıt Kabir plaza (to the right of the tomb) contain an extensive museum dedicated to both the life of Atatürk and Turkey…

3. Cer Modern

0.92 MILES

Located in an old train depot, this huge artists' park and gallery exhibits modern and challenging art from across Europe, plus there's an excellent cafe…

4. Gençlik Parkı

1.03 MILES

In the heart of the city, Gençlik Parkı has a lake and fountains (lit up after dark), colourful flower beds and plenty of space for kids to run about. It…

5. Confidence Monument

1.12 MILES

Kızılay's Confidence Monument, erected in 1935, is a good landmark to get your bearings by when first arriving in the district.

6. Vakıf Eserleri Müzesi

1.17 MILES

The tradition of carpets being gifted to mosques has helped preserve many of Turkey's finest specimens. This extensive collection – which once graced the…

7. Atatürk Kültür Merkezi


Houses the Museum of Science & Technology and the Museum of the War of Independence, although both hold little interest for non-Turkish speakers.

8. Ethnography Museum

1.23 MILES

Housed inside the building (built 1927) that served as Atatürk's mausoleum until the Anıt Kabir was built, the Ethnography Museum has a small but well…