Soldiers linked to Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) had tried to seize power but an unprecedented public resistance, triggered by calls by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the public to take to the streets for democracy, foiled the coup.
In Istanbul, the first sign of a coup unfolding was the images of soldiers taking over the Bosporus Bridge, which aptly had its name changed to the July 15 Martyrs Bridge. A large crowd had poured onto the bridge despite a barrage of gunfire to anyone approaching by pro-coup soldiers.
Features of the July 15th Monument
The monument, on the Asian side entry of the bridge, is nine-and-half meters tall with an 11 meter diameter and will be covered with limestone. Five arches will be built on the five corners of the pentagon dome. Inside the three arches, the names of the 249 people that died in the coup attempt will be etched.
Şenalp said a muqarnas, an ornamented vaulting peculiar to Turkish, Islamic architecture, will be central to the dome and they would place seating rows for visitors around the monument "so that they can read the names of martyrs and hear salah which will be recited around the clock."
Salah, originally used by Muslims as a call to funeral prayers, echoed throughout the country when the religious authority urged its staff to recite it to signal an extraordinary situation and it was accompanied with a message about the coup that urged the public to take to the streets on July 15th, 2016.