Turkey’s capital Ankara is a city full of marvelous historical wonders, which you should visit when on vacation. From art museums to hilltop fortresses to temple ruins; Ankara has a wealth of traditional and cultural destinations which we will explore the places to visit in Ankara below. Here is the best places to visit in Ankara:
1. Ataturk’s Mausoleum (Anitkabir)
Anitkabir houses the remains of Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. this iconic monuments built between 1944 and 1953 is located on a hill looking down on the city. Anitkabir is both a mausoleum and a museum of Ataturk and War of Independence containing a collection of historical memorabilia.
2. Museum of Anatolian Civilization
This museum is housed in 2 renovated Ottoman buildings, and is regarded as the most important museum in Central Anatolia. The museum contains priceless artifacts that date back to the Neolithic and Paleolithic eras, in addition to articles and relics from the Hittite, Hatti, Urartu, Roman and Phyrgian periods.
3. Ankara Citadel (Hisar)
The citadel is a hilltop fortress that lies in Ankara’s Old Quarters, and can be accessed by the public free of charge. Though the original foundation of the citadel was laid by the Galatians, it was the Romans who built the structure. The citadel walls can be seen without obstruction from any point in the city, and similarly the citadel offers panoramic views of the city from its towers.
4. Roman Ankara
Ankara was a key Roman town, and as a result there are several Roman ruins that lie in the city. A large majority of these remnant lie near Ulus square, at the foot of the citadel hill. Popular ruins include The Column of Julian, Roman Baths and The Temple of Augustus and Rome.
5. Ankara Ethnography Museum
This art and cultural museum houses a collection of Turkish civilization artifacts. It was built between 1925 and 1928, and for nearly 15 years it acted as the temporary resting place of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s sarcophagus- before the mausoleum was completed in 1953. The artifacts displayed here offer a glimpse into ancient Anatolian civilization, and include traditional costumes, sculptures and manuscripts.
Kizilay is Ankara’s business and social hub, and is the perfect place for you to shop, wine, dine and party. There are several monuments in Kizilay Square, and if you are in the area you should visit Guven Park, Ataturk Meydani and the Great National Assembly of Turkey.
7. Old Quarter
Ankara’s Old Quarter is most notable as the home of the Ankara Citadel. However, there is much to explore in this old and beautiful part of Ankara. The Old Quarter is made up of tight cobblestoned roads, Ottoman houses with distinct red roofs and heavily built walls. You can also purchase authentic Turkish trinkets, furniture and clothes from the merchants that have set up shop.
8. Kocatepe Mosque
This magnificent and formidable mosque is the largest place of worship in Ankara. It was built between 1967 and 1987, and boasts of a spectacular architectural exterior and interior.
9. Atakule Tower
This structure is one of the tallest in Ankara, and offers stunning panoramic views of the city from its observation deck. There is a shopping mall located under the tower, which is being transformed into a hotel.
10. Haci Bayram Mosque
This mosque was originally built in 1427, but underwent modifications in the 17th and 18th centuries. The ceiling is constructed out of ornamental wood, and the interior has floral and plant designs. It is located near Augustus Temple, and is situated besides Haci Bayram’s memorial tomb- built in 1429.
As you can see, Ankara offers a treasure trove of amazing destinations for you and your family. Apply for your Turkey Visa today and book your plane ticket tomorrow!