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Sights and Things to Do in Ankara to Your Discovery

Ankara, as the capital city and the administrative centre of Turkey, symbolizes independence and modernity to Turkish people. Ankara has a mix of modern and historical elements in different neighbourhoods. Therefore, going to Ankara is a unique opportunity to experience Turkish cultures and architectures. Check out below for The Top Things To Do and See in Ankara.

Visit Ataturk Mausoleum (Anit Kabir)

The Ataturk Maouselum, part of the Anıt Kabir (literally “memorial tomb”), is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. The Anit Kabir encapsulates both architectural impressiveness and historical significance, making it one of Anakara’s must sees.

Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

The superb Museum of Anatolian Civilisations is the perfect introduction to the complex weave of Turkey’s ancient past, housing artefacts cherry-picked from just about every significant archaeological site in Anatolia.


The old town of Ankara and its citadel are located on a hill just east of Ulus. This is the oldest part, with old Ottoman houses on narrow, quiet, twisting streets. Some of the old houses are dilapidated and others are nicely restored and in great shape, some housing restaurants or hotels. The area also provides some nice cafes and eateries, and affords one nice views of Ankara, particularly from some of the cafes.

Rahmi M Koc Industrial Museum

The surprisingly absorbing Rahmi M Koc Industrial Museum, which is located inside the beautifully restored Cengelhan building (which is also home to a posh hotel and restaurant), has three floors covering subjects as diverse as transport, science, music, computing, Ataturk and carpets; some displays have interactive features.

Ethnography Museum

The Ethnography Museum is housed inside a white marble post-Ottoman building (1927) that served as Ataturk’s mausoleum until 1953.

Genclik Parki

The biggest afternoon out for Ankara families is the Genclik Parki, in the heart of the city.It’s a classic Middle Eastern–style park with several pleasant tea gardens.

Haci Bayram Mosque

Ankara’s most revered mosque is Hacı Bayram Camii. Haci Bayram Veli was a Muslim ‘saint’ who founded the Bayramiye dervish order around 1400. Ankara was the order’s centre and Hacı Bayram Veli is still revered by pious Muslims. The mosque was built in the 15th century, with tiling added in the 18th century. Surrounding shops sell religious paraphernalia (including wooden toothbrushes as used, supposedly, by the Prophet Mohammed).

Roman Baths

At the sprawling 3rd-century Roman Baths ruins, the layout is still clearly visible; look for the standard Roman apoditerium (dressing room), frigidarium (cold room), tepidarium (warm room) and caldarium (hot room). A Byzantine tomb and Phrygian remains have also been found here.

Painting and Sculpture Museum

The Painting and Sculpture Museum showcases the cream of Turkish artists. Ranging from angular war scenes to society portraits, the pieces demonstrate that 19th- and 20th-century artistic developments in Turkey paralleled those in Europe, with increasingly abstract form.

Kocatepe Mosque

The huge outline of Kocatepe Camii is the symbol of Ankara. It is one of the world’s largest mosques, but it is also very new (it was built between 1967 and 1987). In the basement of the mosque is a supermarket, which says much about the priorities of modern Turkey!

Column of Julian

Erected in honour of Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate’s visit to Ankara, the Column of Julian sits proudly in a square ringed by government buildings, it is usually topped by a stork’s nest.

Temple of Augustus and Rome

Except for a couple of imposing, inscribed walls, not much remains of this temple (AD 25) built to honour the Roman Emperor Augustus.

Kugulu Park

One of the oases in an often wearing city is Kugulu Park, at the southern end of Tunalı Hilmi Street.

Roman Theatre

Along Hisarparkı Caddesi, you can see the remains of a Roman theatre from around 200 to 100 BC.

Museum of the War of Independence

Provides many artifacts and details of the Turkish war for independence. Many of the items were in actual use and some were used by Ataturk himself.
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