Ankara Metropolitan Municipality has demolished the Atatürk Square across the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara as part of urban land use plans.
[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#000000″]A[/mks_dropcap]tatürk Square in front of the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara has been demolished, as part of ‘urban land use plan’ by the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality. The ‘Steel Water’ part of the monument -symbol of the republic- has been scrapped and carried away with a crane.
Across the steel-water part, the marble scripture tablet which was inscribed in Turkish and English saying “Ataturk Square, Republic has been declared on October 29th, 1923. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Ankara Deputy has been elected as the President. State has been named as Türkiye” has also been torn down as part of the square.
Union of Turkish Chamber of Architects & Engineers, Ankara Branch chair Tezcan Candan commented on the demolition saying:
“On September 13, 2017 one of the most striking and architecturally significant projects that also has international recognition has been demolished. Atatürk Square which has monumental value has been razed. It has been torn down right before the Parliament and in front of the eyes of deputies.”