Atatürk and Şerife Bacı Monument

Atatürk and Şerife Bacı Monument is a monument in Kastamonu, Turkey.

Atatürk and Şerife Bacı Monument
Atatürk ve Şerife Bacı Anıtı
Atatürk and Şerife Bacı Monument.jpg
Kastamonu Governor’s Building in the background
Atatürk and Şerife Bacı Monument is located in Turkey
Atatürk and Şerife Bacı Monument
Location in Turkey
Coordinates41°22′35″N 33°46′38″E / 41.3765°N 33.7771°E / 41.3765; 33.7771Coordinates: 41°22′35″N 33°46′38″E / 41.3765°N 33.7771°E / 41.3765; 33.7771
LocationKastamonu, Turkey
DesignerTankut Öktem
TypeGroup of Statues
Opening date1990
Atatürk and Şerife Bacı Monument in Kastamonu depicting armed Şerife Bacı (front left) driving an ox cart and standing Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (back middle) flanked by soldiers in the Turkish War of Independence.


The monument is in the Cumhuriyet square in front of Kastamonu Governor's Office at 41°22′35″N 33°46′40″E / 41.37639°N 33.77778°E / 41.37639; 33.77778.

Atatürk and Şerife BacıEdit

Atatürk (1881–1938) was the founder of the Turkish Republic. He was also the high commander of the Turkish army in the Turkish War of Independence (1919–1923).

Şerife Bacı (literally Sister Şerife) (1900–1921) was a heroine in the Turkish War of Independence. She was a village woman from Seydiler, who took part in the arms transportation service. Any weapon or ammunition from İstanbul to İnebolu port (Kastamonu Province) had to be forwarded to Ankara by ox wagons (Turkish: kağnı). Since most of the men were drafted women were responsible in transportation. In 1921 December Şerife with her new born baby volunteered to drive a wagon in the convoy. But she froze to death in the harsh winder conditions. Later it was revealed that she had laid her own coat over the ammunition. Her baby was rescued.[1]

The monumentEdit

In 1985 Kastamonu governor decided to erect a monument about Şerife Bacı. The monument was created by Professor Tankut Öktem (1940–2007) of the Marmara University in 1990.[2] In 2005 the dais was renewed by using a basalt platform. The monument is actually a group of figures. These are Atatürk, Şerife Bacı, ox wagon and various soldiers.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kastamonu governor's page". Archived from the original on 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  2. ^ Tankut Öktem’s page