Discovering what makes Ankara amazing is not the easiest thing to do. This city is the second largest in Turkey which means there is a lot to see and do. It is a perfectly beautiful area that is rich in heritage and attractions that make the weeks fly by. There are something that should not be missed and you won’t be disappointed with all the history and events that can take place there. Here’s a look at the Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Ankara:
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Also known as the Museum of Anatolian Civilization should be on anyone’s list of places to go. It is located in a former bazaar and caravanserai that have been converted into a museum dedicated to the history of the region. The displays include archaeological discoveries from the Paleolithic era and the Ottoman era. There are glass, gold, silver marble, and bronze works dating back to the early ages of the first millennium BC. They also have a coin collection that includes some of the first coins ever minted.
Ankara Castle is not a place to be missed. This beautiful piece of history was built in the 7th Century AD and was owned by the Roman Empire as well as the Byzantine Empire and later the Seljuk Turks and the Ottoman Empire. This medieval fortress changes hands with the regimes, but it stays the same. It has an inner and outline of walls with many towers that were constructed out of reused masonry. This structure highlights the unique architecture of the time and shoes what Turkey was known for.
If you want to see the last resting place of the first president of the Republic of Turkey then you need to visit Ataturk’s Mausoleum. This is the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The structure holding his remains is grand and was designed as the result of a competition that was held after his passing to build it. It was built by the architects Emin Onat and Ahmet Orhan Arda. Visitors are allowed to enter and explore the mausoleum and view the beautiful details worked into the entire building. It is one of the most places to visit in Ankara
Çengelhan Rahmi M Koc Museum
Çengelhan Rahmi M Koc Museum is the museum of technology that was established in 2005. Visitors to the site can see the creations of the age including pharmaceutical exhibits and agricultural exhibits. There are even rare artifacts showing the early days of rail transport, tools of the everyday man, as well as early forms of communication and navigation. While you are there you can also learn about Vehbii Roc who was one of the first industrialists in Turkey as well as Mustafa Kemal Ataturk the man who founded modern day Turkey.
Erimtan Museum- Ankara
The Erimtan Museum is the Museum of Archeology and of the Arts. It is also a cultural center dedicated to preserving the collection of Anatolian artifacts that have been preserved as examples of Turkish history. There are over 2,000 items displayed in the museum including early examples of glass, gems, jewelry, coins and stone seals. Chamber music concerts also get hosted here every Tuesday and visitors are invited to come and enjoy some of Turkey’s treasures while appreciating some of Turkey’s most treasured musicians.
Esztergom Turkish Cultural Center
The Esztergom Turkish Cultural Center is located in the historic Esztergom Castle. The center has been promoting and teaching Turkish history to visitors since 2005. Motifs of traditional Turkish arts is displayed inside the museum. The castle is itself a treasure. It is Turkish-Islamic architecture and is made of handcrafted marble. The center runs classes to teach visitors about the traditions and the art of the region. If you are visiting the site, these classes are not only informative, but you can take home the treasure that is knowledge.
Ethnography Museum of Ankara
The Ethnography Museum of Ankara was built to highlight the cultures of the region. The Turkic Civilization is displayed through artifacts of the region and is one of the most visited areas of the region. The building the collection lives in was specifically built to house the treasure of Turkey between 1925 and 1928. The artifacts inside show the best of the Turkish culture including metal works, handwoven good, original manuscripts and art examples of glass and stone. There are also some of the famous Turkish rugs on display as well as the history of Turkey told in its halls.
The Hisar citadel dates back to over 3,000 years ago which puts it into the times of the Hittites. This beautiful piece of history is not to be missed. You can enter through the Clock gate also known as the finger gate which has a very large clock that tolls the hour located on the octagonal tower. You will still be able to see old marble sarcophagi that were built into the walls over the years as the region changed along with the traditions.
Kocatepe Mosque is the largest mosque in Ankara. It is also recognized as a mosque of the world. It took over 20 years to build and was completed in 1987 and opened to the public. It can be seen from almost anywhere in Ankara and it is built in a design that does honor to the city and to the people who enter it. The mosque can hold over 24,000 worshippers at any time and the style of the building was built to reflect the Ottoman architectural style of past ages.
Roman Ruins In Ankara
Near Ulus Square, you will find the remains of a Roman Town. Ankara was once part of Rome and visitors to this side of Ankara will be able to walk the old Roman roads and visit the Column of Julian which was built to celebrate the emperor’s visit to the city. If you continue down the road you will also be able to visit the Temple of August and Rome and some incredibly well-preserved remain of Roman baths.