- Ataturk’s picture is on all Turkish paper money.
- You fly into the Ataturk airport in Istanbul. Ataturk Street passes under the historic city aqueduct.
- Street vendors make a business selling a single product: Ataturk photos.
- Trophy shops sell Ataturk plaques with a 3D version of his face.
- On a Times Square-like electronic billboard atop one of the city’s tallest buildings, a tightly cropped picture of Ataturk’s piercing eyes look down on the masses.
- Grade schools put his statue by the entrance.
- And each time we leave our ship, we pass a nautically themed Ataturk shrine in the port building.
Towering temporary banners with Ataturk’s likeness were draped from many public and private buildings including the Conrad Hotel. Television stations inserted a small picture of Ataturk in the upper right corner of the screen all day long. Turkish soldiers stood at attention as an honor guard around a well known Ataturk statue surrounded by flowered wreaths. All flags flew at half staff. This impressive display makes me want to learn more about Ataturk.
Yours in researching Ataturk,