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Museums in Turkish heartland shed light on history

SAMSUN/ERZURUM/SIVAS, Turkey

Museums in the Turkish heartland of Anatolia, which were witnesses to Turkey’s War of Independence, take visitors on a journey to the past.

The Bandirma Ship Museum in the Black Sea province of Samsun, where the founding father of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, initiated the country’s War of Independence, and buildings that were turned into museums in the central provinces of Sivas and Erzurum where important meetings were held attract many visitors.

May 19 is a milestone in Turkish history, as it was the day when Ataturk arrived in the Black Sea city of Samsun from Istanbul in 1919 to launch the war that transformed the nation into modern Turkey four years…

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