About Ankara

Ankara, Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital, sits in the country’s central Anatolia region. It’s a center for the performing arts, home to the State Opera and Ballet, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, and several national theater companies. Overlooking the city is Anitkabir, the enormous hilltop mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk, modern Turkey’s first president, who declared Ankara the capital in 1923.

Anıtkabir is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. His tomb faces the Atatürk Mausoleum, on the opposite side of the Ceremonial Ground. Within the Anıtkabir site, there are ten towers situated in a symmetrical arrangement which symbolize the ideals that influenced the Turkish nation and the creation of the Republic of Turkey.
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is located on the south side of Ankara Castle in the Atpazarı area in Ankara. It consists of the old Ottoman Mahmut Paşa bazaar storage building, and the Kurşunlu Han. The museum consists an extensive collection of artefacts 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.

Atakule is a 125 m high communications and observation tower located in the Çankaya district of central Ankara, Turkey, and is one of the primary landmarks of the city. The tower can be spotted from almost anywhere in the city during clear days. The top section of the tower houses an open terrace and a revolving restaurant named Sevilla, which makes a full 360° rotation in one hour. The bottom structures house a shopping mall and several indoor and outdoor restaurants.
Ankara Castle

Ankara Castle is a historic fortification in the city of Ankara in Turkey and was founded in the 8th century BC by the Phrygians and rebuilt in 278 BC by the Galatians. The castle underwent several renovations during the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman eras. The castle takes up the entirety of the peak, which overlooks the city and the red-tiled roofs of old Ankara’s historic houses. The castle is a great place to watch as the sun sets over the great capital city.
Roman Baths of Ankara

Roman Baths of Ankara are the ruined remains of an ancient Roman bath complex in Ankara. The baths were constructed in the third century by the Roman Emperor Caracalla and built around three principal rooms the caldarium (hot bath), the tepidarium (warm bath), and the frigidarium (cold bath) in a typically classical complex. The most prominent surviving features are the brick columns that supported the floor and around which air heated in underground ovens was circulated to warm the rooms above.
Ulucanlar Prison Museum

Ulucanlar Prison Museum is a former state prison in Ankara that was converted into a prison museum and the first museum of its kind in Turkey. Ulucanlar Prison held notable intellectuals with different political views including journalists, poets, and writers, as well as professional politicians alongside political activists and criminals.
Kocatepe Mosque

Kocatepe Mosque is the largest mosque in Ankara built between 1967 and 1987 in the Kocatepe quarter in Kızılay, and its size and prominent situation have made it a landmark that can be seen from almost anywhere in central Ankara. The mosque can accommodate 24,000 worshippers, is one of the largest mosques of the world, and accepted by many as the frontiers of modern Islamic architecture.
Lake Eymir

Lake Eymir is a small lake in Ankara and was named after a Turkmen tribe named Eymür. The lake has two entrances to the east and west, and it is open to the public. It has a historic building which has become a restaurant that has a fireplace for the winter time and an amazing garden next to the lake full of tables to enjoy the sunny days outside.
Dikmen Valley

Dikmen Valley also known as Dikmen Vadisi is a popular recreation and picnic area in Ankara. It features 68 shops, coffee houses, swimming pools, sports centers, and a trekking trail. It also has an observation terrace, a climbing wall, a children's village, and a mosque.

Güvenpark or Güven Park is an urban public park located adjacent to the Liberty Square in the Kızılay neighborhood of Ankara. The park is noted for its Güven Monument which is dedicated to the Turkish security forces, which provide security, public peace, and order.
Best Time To Visit Ankara

The best time to visit Ankara is from June to September when the weather is pleasant.

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