Lausanne Monument: the Victory Legacy of Karaağaç

Lausanne Monument: the Victory Legacy of Karaağaç

Located in the Karaağaç district of Edirne, the Lausanne Monument represents the reincorporation of Karaağaç back into Turkish territory and the diplomatic victory gained in accordance with the Treaty of Lausanne.

On July 24, 1923, in accordance with the Treaty of Lausanne signed in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Turkey-Greece border, as determined in the Mudanya Armistice Treaty; Karaağaç Station and Bosnaköy, west of the Evros River, were determined to remain in Turkey.

The Lausanne Monument was prepared by Trakya University in 1999 and inaugurated by then President Süleyman Demirel.

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The monument consists of 3 tall columns. With a length of 36.45 meters, the tallest column represents Anatolia. The second column, 31.95 meters long, represents Thrace and the third column, 17.45 meters long, symbolizes Karaağaç. The 7.20 meter high concrete circle connecting the three columns symbolizes unity and solidarity, while the 4.20 meter tall young girl figure on it symbolizes aesthetics and law, the dove in her left hand symbolizes peace and the document in her right hand symbolizes the Treaty of Lausanne.

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The Lausanne Monument is the work of Aydın-based Turkish sculptor Prof. Dr. Tamer Başoğlu, who loves the abstract and is also the creator of the METU Science Tree.

During your visit to the Lausanne Monument, you can also visit the Lausanne Museum located around the monument. In the Lausanne Museum, you can see samples of documents used during the Treaty of Lausanne, photographs and personal belongings of Atatürk and İsmet İnönü. The Lausanne Monument, the square and the museum are located in the area where the Trakya University Faculty of Fine Arts building is located in Karaağaç.