Ankara: what to see in the capital of Turkey

kocatepe mosque ankara
kocatepe mosque ankara

What to see in Ankara, the main attractions and detailed itinerary to discover the most interesting places to visit.

Travel Guide Ankara

Ankara, capital of Turkey, is located in the region of Anatolia on a plateau near the confluence of the river with the Ankara Çubuk. The city has a pleasant mixture of Roman, Ottoman, Byzantine and modern. Many monuments to visit and places of interest include manicured green spaces including the botanical garden, Kugulu, Anayasa and Genclik park.

Also in Ankara is the Kocatepe Mosque, which is the largest of the turkey, the Yeni Mosque, very special because built entirely of stone, and the mosque of Aladdin, located inside the citadel.

Things to do in Ankara

Atakule: tallest building in Ankara, from its rotating glass tower with a wonderful view of the city.

Citadel is the oldest part of Ankara, situated on the hill with foundations dating back to the Galatians, the later additions are of the Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk. The district overlooking the old town, which is located in the lower area of ​​the city.

Anitkabir is the mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk, a beautiful building which is one of the main attractions of the city. In the adjacent museum is a wax statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, together with his writings, personal items and other memories.

Ethnographic Museum: houses fascinating collections of everyday objects that belonged to the old houses and mosques of the Ottoman and Seljuk period.

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations: located south-west of the citadel, inside two buildings erected between 1464 and 1471 under the reign of Mohammed II and destined for covered bazaar and caravanserai, exhibits a prestigious collection of artifacts belonging to different civilizations that have occurred in Asia Minor.

Roman Baths: in the Ulus district lie the remains of the ancient spa, built by the Roman Emperor Caracalla, between 212 and 217 in honor of Aesculapius, the god of medicine.

Temple of Augustus is located in Ulus, was erected after the annexation of Galatia, made ​​in Asia Minor by Emperor Augustus in 25 b.C. At his death, were carved on marble temple the Res Gestae Divi Augusti, in Latin and in Greek. The epigraph is a copy of the original document, had been absent for two centuries, in the will of Augustus was engraved on the two pillars of bronze placed at the entrance of his mausoleum in Rome.

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