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Ankara, the capital of Turkiye

Ankara Travel Guide

Ankara is the second biggest city of Turkey with about 5 million population and also is the Capital. Ankara is like a middle way between Istanbul and Cappadocia.

We really recommend to stay over one night in Ankara, if you hit the roads in Turkey.

Sites to see in Ankara

Ankara Castle

Ankara Castle

Ankara Castle is in the heart of the city. But, The exact date of construction is uncertain. Also, Two layer of walls are surrounding the castle site. Inner Line of walls were for separate the acropolis or administrational palace. Outer line of walls were like a shelter for the residents for protecting them from enemies.

Today, old Ottoman Style houses that are now souveniors shops or cafeterias. So, It overlooks the city and offers a great view.

mouselium of Ataturk

Mausoleum of Ataturk

Anıtkabir is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and the first President of the Republic of Turkiye.

There are four main parts to Anıtkabir: the Road of Lions, the Ceremonial Plaza, the Hall of Honor (location of Atatürk’s tomb) and the Peace Park that surrounds the monument.


Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is just at the south of Ankara Castle. As the collection of museum is the combination of artifacts from different Anatolian civilizations. Therefore its name is Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

Exhibitions start with the Paleolithic era, and continue chronologically through the Neolithic, Early Bronze, Assyrian trading colonies, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuq and Ottoman periods. There is also an extensive collection of artifacts from the excavations at Karain, Çatalhöyük, Hacılar, Canhasan, Beyce Sultan, Alacahöyük, Kültepe, Acemhöyük, Boğazköy (Gordion), Pazarlı, Altıntepe, Adilcevaz and Patnos as well as examples of several periods.

The exhibits of gold, silver, glass, marble and bronze works date back as far as the second half of the first millennium BC. In addition, The coin collections, with examples ranging from the first minted money to modern times, represent the museum’s rare cultural treasures.

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations reaching the present time with its historical buildings. Also, It was the “European Museum of the Year” in Switzerland on April 19, 1997.

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