Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. Ankara is Turkey’s beating heart, second largest city, located in the Central Anatolia region and home to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. The hub of many great civilizations with a history dating back to the Stone Age, Ankara and its landmarks are still of great importance in the present day. Famous for its great museums, parks, honey, Kalecik Karasi grapes and many other cultural and historical assets Ankara welcomes visitors any time of the year.


Despite its unremarkable setting in the flat surrounds of Central Anatolia region, Ankara is a dynamic metropolis and well worth a visit city. Check out the tourist attractions or what to see and do while you are in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey.


Anıtkabir came about as an idea of and from the desires of the Turkish people to erect a mausoleum for Gazi Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk), the founder of the Turkish Republic, a revolutionary, a brave soldier, a great leader and an international figure. In order to choose the most suitable design for this special project, an international contest was held with Prof. Emin Onat winning the contest. Anıtkabir, situated on a hill called Rasattepe behind the Maltepe area of Ankara, covers 700.000 square metres of land and includes a Peace Park, which contains plants from all parts of Turkey and the world. It took nine years to complete the mausoleum. On November 10 th, 1953, fifteen years after Atatürk’s death, his casket was taken from the Ethnographical Museum with great ceremony and was laid to final rest in its assigned place in Anıtkabir.

Approaching Anıtkabir from Tandoğan Square, a driveway through the Park will bring you to a set of stairs. Ascending the stairs you are greeted by the Independence and Freedom Towers, two of the ten towers symbolizing the existence and high ideals of the Turkish nation and state.

The inscribed words are those of Atatürk:

“To live means to struggle and fight. Success in life is possible only with success in the struggle.” (1927)

“This nation has not lived, cannot live and will not live without independence.”

“Independence or death.” (1919) 



Very few places in the world could give you a chronological understanding of mankind’s mind-boggling progress. Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara is one of them. Arranged as a chronological spiral, this former Museum of the Year will take you on a journey from 900 thousand years ago, to present time.



Aqua Vega Aquarium is one of the largest in Europe has the distinction of being the third largest tunnel aquarium. This aquarium is located in Ankara province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey.


Ankara is the capital of Turkey and itself a historic, beautiful city. From its surrounding lakes to chill atmosphere, Ankara is just there waiting to be discovered. See the city of Ankara which lies in the centre of Anatolia in this beautiful timelapse video.

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