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Tourist Attractions In Ankara, Turkey

Updated on July 23, 2012



The Anitkabir or "memorial tomb" was designed by Emin Halid Onat and Ahmet Orhan Arda and was dedicated to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the first president of the Republic of Turkey. Building commenced on 9 October 1944 and was finished on 1 September 1953. The concrete, travertine and marble building stands about 17m tall with a width of about 42m and a length of about 57m.

The Anitkabir is situated on an imposing hill in the Anittepe quarter of Ankara. The Anitkabir also the final resting place of İsmet İnönü, the second president of the Rupublic of Turkey who died in 1973. His tomb faces the Atatürk Mausoleum. The museum hosts displays a large collection of Atatürk memorabilia and paraphernalia.


Atakule Tower

he Atakule Tower stands 125m tall and serves as a communications and observation tower. The tower also serves as the primary landmark of Ankara as the district where the tower is located is on a hill, which in turns makes the tower visible, during clear days, from almost anywhere in the city.

Construction of the tower began in 1986 and finished in 1989. The tower hosts an open terrace, a revolving restaurant called Sevilla. It takes the tower an hour to make a 360 degree rotation. On top of Sevilla is another restaurant, called Dome, which is a non-revolving restaurant. At the foot of the tower you will find a shopping mall and several indoor and outdoor restaurants.

Ankara Citadel


The Ankara Citadel stands on a hill of 978m high. The citadel was built by Hittites' era however rumors say that the citadel had been built by Ankara King Midas. The citadel was built with marble and red Ankara Stone. The citadel consists of the inner castle and the outer castle. The inner castle has about 20 observation towers while the outside castle contains seven entrances.

The inner castle depicts original turkish architecture. Within the outer castle you will find small houses built out of wood and mud bricks. Some families still live in a these houses, but many has been converted into little restaurant and gift shops. You will find anything from antique dealers to traditional Turkish handcrafts to spices and herbs and even sweets. You will even be able to enjoy traditional Turkish food accompanied by delicious wine.

Ankara Roman Theatre


The Roman Theatre can be found between Hisar and Pinar streets in Ankara, Turkey. The theatre was discovered in 1982 and in 1983 the Museum Administration started salvaging and excavating the site. Ancient roman statues was found and are now exhibited in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum. The theatre dates back to the 2nd century AD. All that remains are the foundations and walls.

Roman Baths


The Roman Baths dates back to Carcalla, about 212 - 217 AD. The Cankiri entrance leads to a wrestling stage and is covered with portico and surrounded by columns.  The baths are located immediately behind the wresting arena and consists of the Apoditerium (dressing room), Frigidarium (cold bath), Tepidarium (warm bath) and the Caldarium (hot bath).

The baths was excavated by Prof. Dr. Remzi Ogus Arik in 1937 and excavations continued until 1943 after which a reconstructed plan was drawn by Mahmut Akok and restoration started. During the excavation coins was founded that indicates the baths was in use for about 500 years, with some repairs and reconstructions that underwent during this time.

State Art & Sculpture Museum

The museum was built by the architect Arif Hikmet Koyunoglu at the orders of the Atatürk. The museum boast with collections from Turkish art from the 19th century up to present day art. The building was restored in 1980. The historical hall in the museum hosts different kinds of activities such as concerts, theatrical performances and movie projections. The museum has modern cafeterias, sales outlets and audio systems, which shows that the museum goes beyond a place of old artwork but also comprises of modern arts.

War of Independence Museum


The museum consists of three parts. The first part, Atatürk Museum, consists of Atatürk's belongings such as his civil and official clothes, personal belongings, gifts presented to him and many assorted photo's and documents. The second part of the museum dives into the Dardanelle War. Here you will find audiovisual effects and other objects such as rocks, cannons, rifles, guns and shells and scenes on the walls, allowing the illusion that you are standing in the middle of the war. Scenes from the Sakarya Meydan Savaşı and Büyük Taarruz wars, which was two of the most important battles in the War of Independence, are also shown in the second section or part. The third section of the museum hosts scenes and recreations of events that took place from the War of Independence in 1919 until the death of Atatürk in 1938.

Map of Ankara, Turkey


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      Yorja Rahmani 4 years ago from India

      Interesting information on Ankara. Turkey has just so many places worth visiting.

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      Treathyl FOX 7 years ago

      This HUB is fantastic! I recently published an article on Istanbul but was searching for some concise info about Ankara. I stumbled upon this HUB and have included a link to it in my article. Hope you don't mind.