Ulus, Ankara

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Ulus Square the surrounding area

Ulus is a quarter in Ankara, Turkey and is located at the center of the capital city. It was once the heart of old Ankara. The name means "nation" in Turkish.

It is now a predominately a commercial and tourist area made up of banks, malls, shops, hotels, businesses, restaurants, and many historical sites. The first Turkish Grand National Assembly convened here in 1923 in the parliament building at Ulus Square (Turkish: Ulus Meydanı), which still stands in original. Across from the historical parliament building is the city's oldest hotel, the Ankara Palas, where Atatürk had stayed. Ankara Citadel, another historical attraction, is located immediate east of Ulus .[1]

In the center of Ulus Square, there is a memorial called Monument of Republic, which was erected in 1927 as a symbol of the Turkish War of Independence.

The Statue of Victory at Ulus Square was depicted on the reverse of the Turkish 2½ lira banknote of 1939-1952[2] and of the 50 lira banknotes of 1951-1979.[3]

A shopping mall situated next to Ulus square was subject to a terrorist bombing on 22 May 2007.

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  1. ^ Planetware, Ulus Meydanı (Turkish)
  2. ^ Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. Banknote Museum: 2. Emission Group - Two-And-A-Half Turkish Lira - I. Series. – Retrieved on 20 April 2009.
  3. ^ Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. Banknote Museum: 5. Emission Group - Fifty Turkish Lira - I. Series, II. Series, III. Series, IV. Series, V. Series, VI. Series & VII. Series. – Retrieved on 20 April 2009.

Coordinates: 39°56′30.85″N 32°51′15.60″E / 39.9419028°N 32.8543333°E / 39.9419028; 32.8543333