Samsun Gazi Museum, which is among the places to visit in Samsun, is the place where Atatürk stayed during his first visit to Samsun. The building of the Gazi Museum was built in 1902 as a hotel named Mantıka Palas. Atatürk stayed in this building on the day he arrived in Samsun on May 19, 1919.
This building, which was in disrepair and even unused at the time, was manicured in anticipation of Mustafa Kemal Pasha’s arrival and equipped with items used in daily life such as beds, quilts, tables and chairs. In 1926, it was gifted to the pasha. After 1938, the building was passed to his daughter Makbule Atadan, and after a while it was used as the 19 Mayıs People’s Museum. After 1997, it was transformed into Samsun Gazi Museum by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Among the things you can see in the museum are Atatürk’s photographs, one room is dedicated to these photographs. In the same room you can also see Atatürk’s personal belongings such as his watch, dinner set, clothes and documents. You can also see a relief of the Tobacco Pier where Atatürk came to Samsun and took his first step on the wall.
You can also see one of the meetings that Ataturk held with his friends when he came to Samsun with the wax sculptures made by Prof. Dr. Yilmaz Büyükerşen.
Where is Samsun Gazi Museum? How to get there?
Samsun Gazi Museum, which you can enter for free, is located on Mecidiye Street in Kale Neighborhood in İlkadım district of Samsun. It is possible to reach the Gazi Museum with a short walk by minibuses passing through Cumhuriyet Street.
Samsun Historical Clock Tower
On the tenth anniversary of Abdulhamid II’s accession to the throne, he ordered the erection of clock towers in many cities. This clock tower is one of the clock towers built as a result of that order. In addition to being a clock tower, it used to be used as a watchtower because it was high above the houses, but now, even if you shoot the clock, a building enters the frame. The clock tower, which has been surrounded by inns over time, is not the original clock tower. The original tower was damaged after an earthquake and demolished, and this tower was completed in 2001.