"The Ankara Citadel (Hisar)" Turkey Things to Do Tip by Paul2001

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  The Citadel in Ankara
by Paul2001
  • The Citadel in Ankara - Turkey
      The Citadel in Ankara
    by Paul2001
  • The Walls of the Citadel as seen from the exterior - Turkey
      The Walls of the Citadel as seen from the exterior
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After a tour of the Museum of Anatolian Civilization and visit to the citadel further up the hill is recommended. This massive fortress on top of the large hill that overlooks Ankara has been a fortified stronghold since pre-historic times. Most of the present day walls were built by the Byzantines and some where again built during the Ottoman period. This includes the two interior castle keeps. At the time of my visit only one of which could be explored. The views on top of these ramparts are rather interesting as you can see all of Ankara sprawled out at your feet.
Within the outer walls of the citadel are is an actual village. Wandering around it is like stepping back into time as there are few modern conveniences. It is easy to get lost as you explore the streets. Surprisingly I came across few foreign tourists when I visited the citadel. I should also mention that the place is free.

Directions: On top of an outcrop overlooking Ankara. About a five minutes walk the hill from the Museum of Anatolian Civilization.

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  • Written Jun 22, 2004
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