There is no doubt that Antalya is the most beautiful place in the worldMustafa Kemal ATATÜRK
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk made occasional visits to Anatolia to see the extent to which the reforms were adopted and the general situation of our country. For this purpose, he visited Antalya 3 times.
Atatürk's first visit to Antalya was on March 6, 1930, and the news that Atatürk would visit Antalya aroused a great deal of joy in the public. The streets were illuminated and cleaned, and triumphal arches were set up in many places. When Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's car stopped, “Welcome, Live Long the Ghazi!” voices were heard from all around. The people, who owed a lot to Atatürk, were experiencing the joy and excitement of seeing him up close. The two-storey mansion belonging to the Governor's Office in Yeni Kapı was designated as Atatürk's residence in Antalya. After the welcoming ceremony was over, Atatürk went there. Atatürk once again greeted the people who wanted to show his love for him in front of the mansion by going out to the balcony. He watched the shows organized by the Turkish Hearth during the dinner given in his honour.
On Friday, March 7, 1930, delegations from all districts and villages gathered in front of the mansion to see the Ghazi and pay their respects. Atatürk made a short speech to the citizens of Antalya from the balcony of the mansion. In the evening, he went to Tophane, Ice Factory and Turkish Hearth. He visited the library, cinema and other halls of this place and received information from the head of the Hearth.
On Saturday, March 8, Atatürk went to Mursil Bey Farm, where rice farming was carried out in Arapsuyu, on the Rüstemiye ship, since there was no road in Konyaaltı at that time. Atatürk was accompanied by Deputy Minister of the Interior Şükrü Kaya, Army Inspector Fahrettin Paşa, Governor Faiz Bey and other deputies. After having lunch here, the Ghazi and his companions toured the beaches of Antalya by ferry and especially visited the big waterfall. Afterwards, they went to "Rumkuş" on the Lara road. From there, Atatürk watched the sea, the opposite shores, and the snow-covered Beydağları for a long time and then said the following words: “There is no doubt that Antalya is the most beautiful place in the world.” Stating that there should be a Turkish name in Turkish lands, he requested that the name "Rumkuş" be changed to "Erenkuş".
Atatürk, who attaches great importance to history and historical artifacts, visited the Aspendos Antique Theatre in Serik, Büyükbelkıs Village on Sunday, March 9th. They reached Aspendos amid the demonstrations of love by the people gathered in Serik and Belkıs. A Yoruk tent was set up in front of the theater, and all sides were decorated with flags. The theatre was introduced under the guidance of Antalya Museum Director Süleyman Fikri Bey. While making comparisons of the Aspendos Theatre with its counterparts in the world, Atatürk also revealed his vast knowledge of Art History and Archaeology. He gave directives for the Aspendos Theatre to be repaired and opened to visitors immediately. On the way back, he visited Osman Ağa's citrus orchard and appreciated all the work he witnessed there. In the evening, citizens organized entertainments and sang folk songs in honour of Atatürk at the Yeni Kapı.
On Monday, March 10, Atatürk examined several manuscript history books and the Holy Quran brought from the Antalya Museum in the mansion.
On Tuesday, March 11, Atatürk ended his country tour, which he will continue by sea, due to a program change. Preparations for the return by land via Burdur were started. On March 12, the Ghazi was sent off to Ankara with the accompanying delegation. Atatürk promised the citizens of Antalya that he would come here again.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's second visit to Antalya took place as part of the country tour he started on January 26, 1931. He made his visit to examine the results of the 1929 World Depression and the closure of the Free Republican Party with an expert committee and to determine the work that needs to be done. For this purpose, on February 8, 1931, he set off from Izmir to Antalya on the Aegean Ferry. The Aegean Ferry arrived in Antalya on the morning of February 10, 1931. Atatürk, who went to the pier in the afternoon with a marine engine, went to the regiment headquarters and inspected the military units on the spot. Then he went to the government house and received information about local affairs from the governor of the time. Afterwards, he visited the Municipality and the Republican People's Party and had long discussions on the affairs of the country. Towards evening on the same day, he returned to his ferry to go to Silifke.
Atatürk's third visit to Antalya took place on February 18, 1935. Departing from Istanbul with the Aegean Ferry, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk passed to the Torpedo Boat Zafer in front of Çeşme on February 16, 1935. He entered Alanya in the morning on February 18, 1935, with the same torpedo boat. After staying here for about three hours, he arrived in Antalya towards noon. Kazım Özalp, Governor Saip Örge, Mayor, Antalya MPs, students and thousands of Antalya citizens welcomed the Ghazi at the pier. He went first to Tophane, then to the mansion reserved for him, in the phaeton prepared for him. In the evening, he went to Erenkuş, which he liked very much, and watched the natural beauties of Antalya from here once again. On the night of the same day, a torchlight procession was held in honour of Atatürk. The people who were together with Atatürk were excited and happy. The next day, together with Mrs. Afet and the delegation accompanying him, he left Antalya on the Aegean Ferry, accompanied by the love and warm demonstrations of the people. Although he wanted to come to Antalya again in 1938, he could not make this trip because his health was not good.
Since Atatürk's visits to Antalya are of great importance for the people of Antalya, ceremonies are held in memory of Atatürk on 6 March every year. The mansion, which belonged to the Governor's Office in the first years of the Republic and where Atatürk stayed during his visits to Antalya, was allocated to the Ministry of Culture in 1984 to be built as an Atatürk Museum and to keep his memories alive. Rectangular, two-storey, two-sided, tiled hipped roof and stone-brick walls, the building has been serving as Atatürk House and Museum since 1986.
On the first floor of the Atatürk House and Museum, there is a photography exhibition area with newspaper clippings and photographs of Atatürk's visits to Antalya, a barcovision room where the documentary on “Atatürk and Antalya” can be watched, an office and also a dining room in the entrance hall. On the second floor, there is a bedroom, two study rooms, an area where Atatürk's personal belongings are exhibited, and a separate section where coins and stamps printed from the foundation of the Republic to the present are exhibited.
Alanya, Türkiye'nin Akdeniz Bölgesi'deki Antalya iline bağlı bir turizm ilçesidir. Şehir merkezine uzaklığı 154 kilometredir. Türkiye'nin güney sahillerinde bulunan Alanya, 1.598,51 km²'lik bir alana sahiptir ve 2015'te nüfusu 291.643 kişidir.