The Best Things To Do in Ankara TURKEY
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Built in 10 AD as a tribute to Emperor Augustus and rebuilt in the 2nd century by the Romans, these ancient ruins today remain as a testament to Augustus as can be seen by the Greek and Latin inscriptions on the walls. For further information click
Kocatepe Mosque (Camii)This mosque took 20 years to build, is the largest in Ankara and one of the largest in the world, the beautiful and immense structure towers over the streets below and it has a shopping centre and car park underneath it. For further information click
Temple of Augustus
Roman BathsThese unusually large baths date back to 212-217 AD and can be found behind what was once a wrestling arena on Cankiri Street. For further information click
Hattusas (Bogazkoy) Ancient RuinsThis was the capital of the Hittite Empire in the 2nd millennium BC where the first settlement dates back to the Early Bronze Age.
Anatolian Civilisations MuseumHere you will find Anatolian archaeology that begins with the Palaeolithic Era and continues chronologically through to the Neolithic, Early Bronze, Assyrian Trading Colonies, Hittite, Phrygian and Urartu periods. For further information click
Museum of the War of IndependenceThis building was home to the first Turkish National Parliament after which it became the headquarters of the People’s Republic Party and then a Law School. For further information click
Ethnographical MuseumThis was the temporary burial place of Ataturkbefore his interment at Anitkabir. Inside the museum are exhibits of Turkish art from the Seljuk period up to the present day and a library specialising in Anatolian ethnography, folklore and art history. For further information click
Ankara Citadel (Hisar)The original city walls were built 3,000 years ago by the Hittites and rebuilt by the Byzantines, the foundations were laid by Galatians and completed by the Romans. It is on top of a hill in the old city and the area inside contains many excellent examples of traditional architecture. For further information click
Cengelhan Rahmi M. Koc MuseumThis is first and only industrial museum in Ankara that is dedicated to the history of Turkish transport, industry and communications that have been housed within a magnificent building. Inside visitors will find 100s of exhibits ranging from miniatures to full sized boats and vehicles.
The restored area of HamamonuA great place to walk around admiring the lovely restored Ottoman style houses from the 1920-30s many of which are now cafes, restaurants, craft shops and art galleries. It is highly recommended for a spot of lunch and to spend an afternoon.
Ataturk’s HouseHaving undergone full restoration visitors here will find exhibits showing the life of the founder of the Turkish Republic.The house remains as it was in his day and has photographs and recordings of important events of his life time.
Aviation MuseumThis is a must see place for all aircraft and military fans enthusiasts where old planes and helicopters are on exhibit and they also have a tower that visitors can pay to jump from.
Haci Bayram MosqueThe mosque is an excellent example of late 17th and 18th century architecture. The ceiling here is made entirely of ornamental wood and the building is covered in floral and plant motifs. For further information click
Cer ModernThe building was once a maintenance depot for trains and now houses a modern gallery where regular exhibitions of famous artists from Turkey and around the world and held and they also host performance plays.
Genclik ParkThis open green space is located in the centre of Ankara in between the citadel and Ataturk's Mausoleum. There are pools and fountains, small cafes and restaurants and it provides a very welcome break from the confines of the city.
Aslanhane MosqueThis 13th century mosque was constructed using carved wooden columns to support the wooden roof and is an excellent example of wooden architecture. The mosques name mean “the House of Lions” and is so called because of the lion statues that surround it.
Vakif Eserleri MuseumInside this beautiful building visitors will find fabulous exhibits that include prayer rugs, carpets, candlesticks, carved wood doors and manuscripts all dating throughout Ottoman period.
Julian’s ColumnThis 15m (49ft.) tall column was erected to honour Roman Emperor Julian’s visit to Ankara in 362 AD and was built using cylindrical flat bricks. The column is in easy walking distance of the Temple of Augustus and the Roman Baths.
Temple of AugustusThe temple is close to the Haci Bayram Mosque and Julian's Column, it was built in 10 AD as a tribute to Emperor Augustus and still bears inscriptions in both Greek and Latin.
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