Ankara City Guide
Ankara the capital is an important trade , industrial and culture city. As well as being the control center of republic of Turkey , it also a meeting point for all the highways and railways across the county with it's strategically location surrendered by agricultural areas.
The oldest settlement in the city is from the Hattitians of bronze age Anatolia, after this the city was ruled by Phrygia, Lydia, Persians, Alexander the Great, Galatia, ancient Romans and Byzantine one after another. Being under the control of Turkish dominance in 1073 the city kept it's importance during the Seljuk and Ottoman empire.
After the first world war , the city has been the symbol of the national fight leaded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk has been declared as the Capital of republic of Turkey after the Turkish war of independence.
Anitkabir has the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk located on a magnificent hill, on Anittepe hill. The impressive elegant structure that covers both the historic and modern architecture was completed in 1953. It is possible to see the sculpture of Ataturk ,his personal stuffs , letters, his writings and the pictures that is taken on valuable moments.
It is a modern tourism and culture city with it's eye-catching museums rich in content / materials , historic architectures, universities, theater and concert saloons, art galleries and with festivals.
Places to visit in Ankara
Anitkabir, Castle of Ankara built in 2nd century B.C. by the Galatia was then completed by the Ancient Romans and then it had been constructed and repaired again by Byzantines and Seljuks , inside of the castle and the outdoor of castle is one of the oldest area of Ankara and display best examples of the traditional architecture. it has gained it's important again with a bunch of restored old Turkish houses and the restaurants presenting local tastes.
Roman's bath (Hamam); This old bath located in Ulus has the all specialties of classical Roman's bath, was built by the Empire Caracalla in the 3rd century for the name of medicine god Asclepius.
August temple is right next to Haci Bayram mosque in Ulus.
Julian's Column; This column was built for the name of Roman's Empire Julian who visited in 362 century in Ulus.
Museums; Anatolia Civilization's Museum, Museum of Ethnography, Republic Museum, Turkish War of Independence Museum, MTA Nature History Museum, Paints and Sculpture Museum, Gordion Museum, Meteorology Museum, National Defence Ataturk's Houses and Railways Museum, TCDD Museum, Beypazari Culture and History Museum...
Historical mosques; Ahi Elvan Mosque, Ahi Yakup Mosque, Alaaddin Mosque, Kocatepe Mosque, Haci Bayram Mosque, Cenab-i Ahmet Mosque..
Elmadag Ski center is one of the tourist attractions for winter tourism.
Thermals and Spas; Kizilcahama Spa, Kizilcahamam Sey Bath (Hamam) Thermal Center, Ayas Thermal, Cubuk Melikcan Spa,Haymana Thermal Spa...
Besides this Ankara is famous with it's Ankara Goats with it's long hair and wool, Ankara Cat, White Rabbits, pear, honey and special grapes.
Province of Ankara;
Mamak, Golbasi, Altindag, Etimesgut, Sincan ,Cankaya, Polatli, Kecioren, Yenimahalle, Sereflikochisar, Akyurt, Nallihan, Ayas, Kizilcahamam, Beypazari, Kazan, Bala, Camlidere, Kalecik, Cubuk, Gudul and Evren.
The ruins of the Temple of Augustos and the Rome. The temple is also known as Monumentum Ancyranum which is located in Ulus District.