"the capital of Turkey" Top 5 Page for this destination Ankara by mindcrime

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I always wanted to visit the capital of Turkey. Most of the tourists don’t come here because it’s far from Istanbul (about 500km, 6 hours by bus) and with not so much sights to see. Many people think that it’s a city with no history, with no cultural life and no lively social or nightlife.

Hittites settled here 1200BC but the evolution came with Phrygians. Later Greeks arrived (Alexanger the Great conquered the city, it was called Ankyra by Greeks) and later Romans and Byzantines arrived and took the city until Seljuk Turks took their place after 1071.

Ataturk moved the capital to Ankara after the declaration of Turkish Republic and in fact he built a new city so there is no association with the Ottoman Empire for the visitor to make it more attractive like Istanbul. The population of Ankara is over 5 millions, so it’s a crowded big city but I wanted to visit a local friend and I decided to stop here before continue my trip to Capadocia the day after. I found the old town more authentic than other old towns (including the one in Istanbul) and the people friendly and smiley.

You can see the basic sights in one day but all of them are great:

1)the castle of Ankara
2)the museum of Anatolian Civilizations
3)the mausoleum of Ataturk
4)the statue of Ataturk on the horse is great during the sunset
5)the local food is delicious and way cheaper than Istanbul
6)some lakes near the city are lovely

  • Last visit to Ankara: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated May 13, 2011
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  • Rosebud06's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    Hello,
    When I was searching articles about my home town Beypazar?, I saw your page and Beypazar? pictures. Ver well written and described. I'm working for a tourism project and inviting travel writers, bloggers, journalists here. We would like to contact you and invite you to Beypazar?.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2011 at 7:35 AM

    most interesting page, fascinated that hitler gifted ataturk a vehicle. more here than most tour books imply, enjoyed reading through.

  • iblatt's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Great tips, I really enjoyed the virtual tour of Ankara! Ilan

  • Tuna_ank's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2011 at 5:14 AM

    File mu Kons, Selam. It was great to meet again with you in Ankara. Your pages are full with knowledges as usual. Congrats

  • Aitana's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    You always manage to highlight the best of every place. Thanks for this page.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Great story! Thanks for your comprehensive page, Konstantinos !

  • Mozumbus's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    very informative and well written. Thanks for sharing...

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    A city with so much to offer I thought. ;-)

  • revontulet's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2009 at 6:08 AM

    So, you were lucky about the entrance fee;)) Sibel

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    Another excellent page of yours bringing back great memories about the Turkish capital! Thanks Konstantinos for the virtual tour!

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