The capital Ankara, Turkey’s second largest city and heart of the War of Independence, was modern-planned and developed in a short time. Ankara was founded by Celts for the first time in known history. During the B.C. 3 century, the Celts came from Europe and extended over in Central Anatolia using the Balkans and the Straits where they founded Galatia and make Ankara their capitol city. Later Ankara lived Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods and became todays Ankara as the capital city of Turkey.
Ankara is a sprawling, modern city which can appear as little more than a dull, concrete jungle at first glance. As a result, many tourists tend to use it merely as a transit point for getting to places like Konya or Cappodocia. However Ankara does have a lot to offer for those prepared to look a bit deeper.
Ankara has a symbolic significance for the secular Turks. It is the place where a new era for the Turkish people started. It is a symbol for independence, development and Western values.
The country’s capital has made remarkable progress from a dusty Anatolian backwater to today’s sophisticated arena for international affairs. Turkey’s economic success is reflected in the booming restaurant scene around Kavaklidere and the ripped-jean politik of Kizilay’s sidewalk cafes, frequented by hip students, old-timers and businessmen alike. And while the dynamic street-life is enough of a reason to visit, Ankara also boasts two extraordinary monuments central to the Turkish story – the beautifully conceived Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the Anıt Kabir, a colossal tribute to Ataturk, modern Turkey’s founder.