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Pictures: The true spirit of Turkey

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  1. Turkish soldiers carry a memorial wreath to Ataturks tomb at Anitkabir. The red and white flowers represent the colours of Turkey. PICTURES: Andrea Sachs / Washington Post
  2. Anitkabir, a grand memorial in Ankara devoted to the father of modern Turkey, features the Ceremonial Plaza and the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the country's first president. Picture: Andrea Sachs / Washington Post
  3. A Turkish soldier stands guard at the monumental mausoleum. Each of the 10 towers at Anitkabir advances the revolutionary statesman's personal and professional narrative.
  4. Ahmet Geyikoglu owns a rug and kilim store in the crafts shopping district near the citadel, a colossal structure of towers and walls shaped by the hands of many civilisations.
  5. During our meetings, the moustached merchant would typically sit behind a paper-strewn desk while I pirouetted around his cramped shop.
 

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