"Ankara" Ankara Ili by Paulie52

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Like Washington, DC, Ankara was more or less "created" to serve as a capital. In the 1920's, the modern Turkish Republic selected Ankara for it's secure, central location.

It is surrounded by low mountains. When I was there in March, there was snow on the ground. In December, the snow was on the mountains surrounding the city.

Home to around 4 million people, it is a busy place that is struggling to be modern and "European" in flavor. Overall, I have a very positive impression of the city.

People have lived in Turkey pretty much as long as there have been people. A truly deep and rich history resides in this country. Ankara itself was even a Roman provincial capital at one point.

This photo shows the main "Kale" or castle that sits on a jagged peak in the middle of the city.

Mustapha Kemal, a.k.a. Attaturk

OK, this is the guy that founded modern Turkey. After whooping the Allies at Gallipoli, he took charge and founded a secular state, the Latin alphabet, and many other changes. Basically, he is George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Abraham Lincoln rolled into one.

Here's a good tip: don't even make a joke about his big eyebrows. I did once and the Turks I was with didn't think it was funny. Also, it is officially against the law to make "anti-Turkish" statements, and that includes Attaturk.

  • Last visit to Ankara Ili: Dec 2006
  • Intro Written Dec 24, 2006
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