November 13 1918, Ataturk left the Syrian Front and came
to Istanbul where he moved into a suite at the Perapalas
Hotel. After a few days he left the hotel and stayed in
the house of his close friend Salih Fansa in Beyoglu.
Then he rented the three-story house of Madam Kasabyan
in Sisli and moved in there. At that time his mother Zubeyde
Hanim and his sister Makbule were living in a house in
the district of Akaretler in Besiktas. They moved into
the house in Sisli with Ataturk. He put aside the third
floor for their use. He himself lived on the middle floor.
He used the large salon as a conference room. On the ground
floor lived his aide de camp. During these dark days,
when Istanbul was under enemy occupation, Ataturk held
many secret meetings with his friends in this house. He
lived here until May 16 1919 when he left for Samsun.
Ataturk went to Anatolia and settled down in Ankara, he
brought his mother and sister to live with him on Cankaya.
Former deputy for Erzurum Tahsin Uzel then bought the
house in Sisli. In 1942 Istanbul Municipality bought the
house from Uzel in order to establish the Museum of Revolution.
house is situated on Halaskar Gazi Boulevard in Sisli.
It was known as Ataturk House. It was repaired by the
Municipality and opened as the Museum of Revolution in
1943. The contents are arranged as follows:
The front room is used as a ceremonial salon and contains
a large bust of Ataturk, a sketch of his hand, his identity
papers and a picture of the house of his birth in Selonika.
In the back room are relics of the War of Liberation,
a cart loaded with ammunition, sketches and pictures showing
military maneuvers of the Great Attack and the Sakarya
and Inonu Battles, Ataturk's marshal's uniform, his desk
and its cloth.
In the front room are Ataturk's clothes, items used by
him, and a radio received as a present from the United
States. In the central hall are writing sets, his watch,
his cigarette box, his fur hat, a recording of his voice
etc. In the back room are parts of his speeches, the clothes
which he wore during the days of the Sivas Congress, the
clothes he wore while making the Great Speech, photographs,
documents, sketches etc.
Photographs of the revolutions, various books written
about. Ataturk, photographs taken at the time of his death,
newspapers, a jar of soil from Ataturk's Mausoleum etc.
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