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Tukey’s capital – Ankara – is located at the very heart of the country, on the Anatolian Plateau. It’s a large, modern city, which dates back to the Hellenic Epoch, and is now the junction of all international roads and railway lines.

Located 938 m above sea level in Turkey’s mid-west, it’s the country’s largest city after Istanbul. Today, it’s one of Turkey’s most important commercial and industrial centres with well-developed automobile, food, wool, leather and wood industries, and also has five universities.

In 1923, Ankara became the capital of Turkey, moved here from Constantinople by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. While part of the city was re-designed to meet the needs of the capital, its core remained historical – Hittites were the first to build their fortress here, and later, the city was expanded by the Phrygians.

Old fort in Ankara, Turkey
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Old fort in Ankara, Turkey

Ankara went through its age of flourishing during Roman times. Now, it’s known for its many museums and architectural monuments. Especially worthy of your attention is the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation, or the Hittite Museum, located at the highest point of the city, near the former citadel. Here you’ll find many artefacts dating back to the times of Mesopotamia.

The railroad divides the city into two parts – the Old and the Southern (New) Ankara. The former is characterised by its narrow streets, traditional markets, small houses and a plethora of mosques, while the latter was built when Ankara was already the capital of Turkey. For this reason, the new part of the city has many parks, government institutions, large-scale shops and Ankara’s symbol – the 125-metre-high Atakule TV tower with a tremendous panorama from its overview.

Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara

While in Ankara, we recommend you enjoy some Turkish food, which is an excellent mix of Central Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. Thanks to the wide variety of products and the brilliance of local chefs, few people remain indifferent to the Turkish cuisine. Salads and snacks are often so varied and tasty that sometimes they’re enough to fill one up on their own. The most popular dishes are made from beef and lamb and Kebab is the country’s most typical dish.

Ankara, home to roughly 4 million people, is considered to be one of the safest places in all of Turkey, thanks to its active search and rescue community, which not only provides aid to police officers, but also ensures order in the entire city. For this reason, even tourists who got lost can rest assured that in Ankara, help is never too far away.

The most famous tourist attractions in the city, called Anıtkabir, are the final resting place of President M. K. Atatürk and the Turkish Mausoleum.

Ankara Anitkabir Mausoleum
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Ankara Anitkabir Mausoleum

Growing near the city’s railway station is an unusual tree – ginkgo – that’s over two hundred years old. In China and Japan, this tree is considered to be a symbol of longevity and eternal life. Some believe that people with incurable diseases can find some relief even during a short visit to the ginkgo tree. Today, it’s a popular place for meetings, dates and picnics.

Ankara’s climate is continental, which means that winters here are cold and snowy, and summers – hot and dry. The spring and autumn are both rainy, although the city is generally prone to droughts.

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