Ankara tourist tips
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Travelers who visit Turkey do not usually include Ankara, the country’s capital, in their itinerary. The Turkish city may not offer beautiful and imposing Ottoman palaces like beautiful Istanbul, but it is full of attractions and has a unique atmosphere.
Located on the path between two very tourist destinations, Istanbul and Cappadocia, Ankara becomes a great city to visit and discover its rich historical legacy concentrated in museums and archaeological sites full of relics.
Currently the second-largest city in the country, Ankara has a population of more than 4 million people in its urban center and more than 5 million in its province. The city was also the seat of Ataturk, the first president of the Republic of Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman empire.
Ankara was the scene of several empires, such as the Hittites, Phrygians, Hellenists, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans, and for this reason it is a city rich in history.
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Known as the most famous tourist spot in Ankara, the Ataturk The mausoleum is a tribute to Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk), the “father of the Turks” and the first president of the Republic of Turkey. The imposing building is located on the top of a hill and, in addition to housing the tomb of the President, it also gathers several personal objects from his legacy in an attached museum. There, it is also possible to learn more about his life and achievements in the country through a rich and detailed exhibition.
The Kocatepe Mosque can be seen from different points of the city, as it is the largest mosque in Ankara. Built between 1967 and 1987, it is located in the Kocatepe neighborhood. Despite its imposing exterior already impressing tourists, the interior of the mosque was built in marble and features a beautiful chandelier, as well as details like a red carpet and colorful stained glass. The mosque is a beautiful example of modern Islamic architecture and admission is free.
Citadel of Ankara
Built on top of one of the many hills of Ankara, the citadel (also known as the city castle) is a fortress built between the 7th and 9th centuries with walls that reach 16 meters in height. One of the must-see places in the Turkish capital, the citadel is the oldest part of the city and reveals some ruins built by the Galatians and which were later restored by the Romans and Byzantines. The place also houses some green areas to rest, in addition to restaurants and bars.
The Roman baths feature constructions from the time of Emperor Caracalla, dating from the 3rd century. In the place, there are ruins where, at the time, there were rooms for cold, hot, and warm baths. The local was discovered in the 1940s by excavations carried out in the region and later opened to the public, becoming a large and interesting open-air museum.
Museum of Civilizations of Anatolia
Considered one of the most complete and important museums in Turkey, the Museum of Civilizations in Anatolia was initially built as a market in the 15th century and occupies two Ottoman buildings. In the 1930s, it was transformed into a museum and currently houses an incredible collection of relics and artifacts belonging to the Roman, Hellenistic, Ottoman, Byzantine, Seleucid periods, among others.
The Atakule Tower is 125 meters long and can be seen from different points of the city. Built in 1989, it is one of the sights of Ankara and has a terrace and a revolving restaurant at its top. The tower houses yet another restaurant in its dome with one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the city. Next to the tower there is also a mall with several interesting stores.
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