Friday Photo: Kemal Ataturk’s Bathroom

We visited the home of Kemal Ataturk in Izmir, Turkey. Ataturk is the famous father of modern Turkey who forged the new country from the remains of the Ottoman Empire after World War I.

This photo is from his bathroom, but it looks a little like an office. He’s got a desk and chairs for people to sit. I wonder if he held meetings while sitting in the bath. Maybe he had the idea for the Turkish alphabet while soaking in this very tub. I just hope he dismissed them before he used the toilet!

Have you seen anything funny or unusual in a famous person’s home? Post a comment!

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14 Responses to “Friday Photo: Kemal Ataturk’s Bathroom”

  1. Jaime Engstrom
    21 May 2010 at 9:17 am #

    I SO want that bathtub & the urns in front of it!

    We haven’t been to any famous people’s places. I guess we’re more into slumming it :)

    Cool photo.


    • Dina
      21 May 2010 at 10:12 am #

      I love the urns too! So ornate! I don’t mind have a meeting from a bathtub – maybe with a swim wear :)

  2. Jen
    22 May 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    That looks fun: a bathing show…I guess anything is possible! haha

    I went to George Washington’s house in Mount Vernon, VA, USA last summer. I didn’t see anything quite as interesting as an office-bathroom, but it was pretty cool, nonetheless. Pretty whack that he spent so much time and money expanding the house and then dying before it was finished =(

    What I did learn that was pretty cool was that they were hosts to hundreds of vagabonds and lost travelers and messengers. Visitors stayed in the main house and partook in all family affairs. Encouraging: hospitality exists where you least expect it =)
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Weekend Update: 5/22/10 =-.

    • Dina
      27 May 2010 at 9:56 am #

      Wow, that’s interesting! Too bad he didn’t finish it “on time”, but it was really nice they hosted the people there. How did they live there? In rooms like dorm? Were there many people stayed there at a time?

  3. Nancie (Ladyexpat)
    22 May 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    With all those chairs he must have been having major strategy sessions. Funny!
    My latest shot was a funny one too………”Buddha Meets Costco”
    .-= Nancie (Ladyexpat)´s last blog ..Buddha Meets Costco =-.

    • Dina
      27 May 2010 at 9:59 am #

      Maybe the session could be better if instead of chairs, they had multiple bathtubs :)
      Checking your post now..

    • Dina
      27 May 2010 at 9:59 am #

      Haha, lovin’ your picture :D

  4. Jay
    24 May 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    Looks like he was a multi-tasker. Why make important decisions in a stuffy meeting room when you can relax in a bath and discuss things?
    .-= Jay´s last blog ..Break Your Energy-Sucking Everyday Routines =-.

    • Dina
      27 May 2010 at 10:00 am #

      That’s a good point :D I hope the toilet stayed clear though!

  5. Anil
    25 May 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    He was a busy man!

    • Dina
      27 May 2010 at 10:01 am #

      Very multi tasking indeed!

  6. Farnoosh
    9 June 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    I lived in Izmir for a year and I had to learn the history of Ataturk in class; the Turkish people worshipped him as their hero….But I never went to see his house. How interesting. I have wanted to return to Turkey for a visit for ages now!

    • Dina
      10 June 2010 at 6:20 pm #

      Izmir is pretty, but I regret didn’t visit the Ephesus! (It was a short visit)
      If you go to Ataturk’s house, maybe you can ask people there, about the arrangement of the bathroom-office.
      There’s a framed poster in the wall of one room, full with inspirational sayings by Ataturk. Check that out, I love it.


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