In Turkey, Elon Musk Visits The Turkey’s Founder Tomb
Tesla and SpaceX bosses visit Anıtkabir, the grave of the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
23 Jul 2019
On the sidelines of a business visit attending a space satellite conference, the Tesla and SpaceX boss took the time to visit Anıtkabir, the grave of the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Musk shared a photo of his visit on his Instagram page, where he also placed a wreath on Atatürk's tombstone. "Three broken ribs. Punctured lungs. And he's still fighting. For peace at home. Peace in the world," the billionaire wrote in admiration for Atatürk.
On his Twitter page, Musk also shared a quote from Atatürk about his love of science: "If one day, my words are against science, vote for science."
Elon Musk's post has received more than 1 million likes and tens of thousands of comments. Most of the comments feature a Turkish flag emoji and words of support.
Construction of Anitkabir began 9 October 1944. Construction took nine years to complete in 1953. There are four main sections of Anitkabir, namely Lion Street, Victory Square, The Hall of Honor and the garden of peace surrounding the monument.
The Hall of Honor is located to the left of the open field and is an iconic symbol of Anitkabir itself, as this is where Atatürk's tomb is located. The structure of The Hall of Honor extends sideways with a length of 41.65 m and a width of 57.35 m, and rises to a height of 17 m from an open field.
If you have time to visit Turkey, take the time to visit Anitkabir.