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Ankara Sanat TiyatrosuTheatre0.2km
Kizilay SquareSquares0.6km
Ataturk HeykeliMonument0.7km
Cer ModernGallery0.7km
Ethnography MuseumMuseums0.8km
Open-Air Steam Locomotive MuseumMuseums0.9km
State Art and Sculpture MuseumMuseums0.8km
Hacettepe UniversityUniversity1km
Anitkabir Ataturk MuseumMuseums1km
Buyulufener SinemasiCinemas1km
AnitkabirMuseums1km
Ankara Opera HouseTheatre1km
Metropol SinamasiCinemas1km
Mehmet Akif Ersoy AnitiMonument1km
Kocatepe MosqueMosques1km


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Category: Cities, Local time: 08:19:56, Altitude: 850m, Official WWW website:

Pros

nice people
clean metro
delicious meals
distinctive atmosphere
inexpensive
good public transportation system
tasty beer
flat surrounding area
mild climate

Cons

unpleasant humidity
chilly in winter
rather expensive
heavy traffic
poor or deceitful service

Suitable for

business
shopping
history
nightlife
cruises
active vacation

Why to go there?

old&new architecture
historical centre

Transportation and means of transport

railway
air
metro


Information and Facts

GPS: 39.9259, 32.8541
Altitude: 850 m
Is is the capital?: Yes
Last update: Oct 21, 2012 10:04:25 AM

Ankara: Reviews

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 Aura: 69Reviews: 124Aug 31, 2011 10:25:09 AM
Ankara is the capital city of Turkey . It is located in the central part of the country, approximately 380 km from Istanbul , the largest city in Turkey. The "city on six hills" used to be a part of the Silk Route. Its historical and cultural significance is obvious as there are numerous unique archaeological findings and monuments which attract crowds of tourists from all corners of the world. At present, the metropolis has a population of approx. 4.8 million.

About Ankara

Ankara is the most important economic, cultural, industrial and educational center in Turkey . Due to its inland location, the climate is continental, with cold, snowy winters and hot, dry summers. Anyway, Ankara is called the city of contrasts for many other reasons, too. It is a crossroad where the European and the Asian history and culture had met and blended. When you arrive, you will come across numerous modern and magnificent buildings as well as large slums. Ankara is very attractive for tourists who love historic monuments. However, it is a popular destination for shoppers as well because of world-famous shopping malls. For example, the Armada Shopping and Trade Center won "The Best Shopping Mall of the Year" award in 2004. Ankara is a very important transport node as it is located in the middle of the Turkish motorway and railway networks. It is the seat of the government and houses foreign embassies and other significant organizations and institutions, including the Middle East Technical University, the top university in Turkey. Due to long and very rich history, Ankara offers visitors numerous historic monuments and a variety of architectonic styles and rarities.

Glances into History

The region of today´s Ankara was colonized in the ancient times. The first mentions of Ankara date back to the 8th century. It is widely believed that Ankara was founded by the Phrygians. During the Roman occupation, the city was renamed into Angora, which explains where the long-haired Angora cats and Angora goats come from. Later the area was conquered by the Turks and Ankara because the administrative centre of the Anatolia province. In 1923, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of the Republic of Turkey, made Ankara the capital city of Turkey, for obvious reasons. Ankara is located inland so it cannot be attacked from the sea. Since the 1960s and 1970s, the city has been greatly developing. Today´s Ankara is a bustling city with modern skyscrapers and facilities.

Monuments and Museums

The historic center of Ankara is located on a rocky hill, 150 m high above the left bank of the Ankara River. It is dominated by the Ankara Citadel (also called Kale) . It was built in the 16th century and it is ranked among top historic monuments in the city. Tourists who come to Ankara to explore the diverse history of the region usually visit the Atatürk´s Tomb ( Mausoleum, also known as Anitkabir) and the monuments from the Roman period, i.e. the Roman Theater and the Roman Bath which was built to the honor of the God of Medicine, Asclepius, and the Temple of Augustus (Munumentum Ancyranum) , originating from the period 25 B.C. – 20 A.C. Visitors to Ankara love to take pictures of the Column of Julian the Apostate (erected in 362 A.D) , as well as other significant buildings of later historic periods, such as the Pembe Köşk, which was the President residence until 1973. The present President is seated in the palace called Çankaya Köşkü. There are several renowned museums with valuable collections and exhibits in Ankara. Perhaps the most frequently visited is the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. It is definitely worth visiting the others, too, for example, the Ethnography Museum, Technical Museum, Painting and Sculpture Museum, Natural History Museum or Aviation Museum.

Modern Architecture

There are several mosques in Ankara, of which the largest and best-known is called the Kocatepe Mosque . It was built during the 1967 – 1987 period. Other significant modern buildings in Ankara are, for example, the Atakule Tower which offers spectacular views of the city, and the Akman Condominium 2000, whose innovative design is just breathtaking. Among the modern skyscrapers, you can easily identify the distinctive architecture of the 143- meter- tall Sheraton Hotel. Since 2010, the city is proud of the supermodern sports facility called Ankara Arena whose capacity is 10,400 spectators.

Green Ankara

Ankara offers a variety of green urban areas. You may be surprised, for example, by the Göksu Park. It includes a lake that you can explore on the boat or yacht. Another popular outdoor locality is the Gençlik Park. Besides a pleasant walk or relaxation in the green oasis in the heart of the bustling and hustling city, you can take a ride on pedals along the banks of the lake with a beautiful fountain in the middle. Another good option is to visit the zoo and the botanical gardens in Ankara.

Services and Entertainment

Ankara offers a variety of accommodation facilities. There are numerous restaurants and fast food restaurants in the city where you can have traditional Turkish kebab. Delicious meals are offered e.g. in the Trilye Restaurant. The Kuki Plus Restaurant is known for international cuisine and it is frequently visited by families with children. You can try out traditional meals e.g. in the Tike Kavaklidere while Mediterranean meals are offered by e.g. the Tenes Fish Restaurant. For regional specialties, go to the Uludag Kebapcisi.

City of Culture

Ankara is the centre of culture and offers a variety of cultural facilities and events. Ankara is home to the Turkish State Opera And Ballet, Ankara State Opera, Ankara State Theater and five orchestras whose repertoire is focused on classical music. There are four concert halls. Around the year, world-famous cultural events take place in Ankara, such as the International Ankara Film Festival, International Ankara Film Festival, International Ankara Music Festival, International Ankara Cartoon Festival, etc.

Shopping

Shoppers usually head for the central part of the city (Kizilay Square) or some of the large modern shopping malls, of which the most popular are the Armada and the Ankamall. If you are after hand-made rags or other traditional local products, you can find them in the area at the Citadel.

Transport

Ankara is easy to access by car, bus, train or by plane. The nearest international airport is Esenboğa which is located to the northeast of the city. The main railway station (Ankara Gari) is next to the Gençlik Park. There are regular bus lines between Ankara and other regions in Turkey. Transport within the city is provided by means of local mass transportation systems (buses and metro) . By car, use the motorways O-4 (E89) , E88 or E90. The city is encircled by a parkway.

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