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Ankara Citadel (Hisar)

Ankara, Turkey (Çankaya)
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Ranked #15 of 105 attractions in Ankara
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Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The foundations of this structure were laid by Galatians and eventually completed by the Romans. Located atop a hill in the old city, the area inside... more » Owner description: The foundations of this structure were laid by Galatians and eventually completed by the Romans. Located atop a hill in the old city, the area inside the citadel contains many fine examples of traditional architecture. « less
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New Delhi, India
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Amazing view of the whole city from the castle. The walk from the city centre up to the castle is amazing. Gives a good pulse of the city

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Padua, Italy
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

On the top of the hill the ruins of the caste, and all around a lot of small shops and coffee places. It is really nothing amazing, but i really love that place, the view and the atmosphere...

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Wimborne, Dorset
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10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Interesting but would be even more so if there was more sign posts to tell you what you're looking at.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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119 reviews 119 reviews
72 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

It is worth the climb up from the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations below, with several routes up and down for pedestrians. There are shops and restaurants within the Citadel walls, as well as many private houses. The stone walls had remnants of Roman inscriptions and sculptures inserted in them. Many streets were being repaired when I was there. The view... More

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Arroyo Grande, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is a very historical part of Ankara, and was left to deteriorate for many years. That is fortunately changing now, and it is a really nice place to walk around and shop for trinkets and hike along the castle ramparts. There is a beautiful park and some good places for food and coffee.

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Rome, Italy
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

A long walk to climb the hill, a lot of stairs to approach the ancient fortified walls. Outside most of the area has been renovated, and is now a very nice park. once inside, what a surprise ! narrow unpaved streets, very old buildings, most in wood and bricks, with very poor maintenance, a poor village of the last century,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We walked up to the citadel from the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. We walked though a neighborhood to get there which is a good example of traditional Turkish native construction. There's a nice view of Ankara at the top of the castle. Cool to climb over and on the walls. I wouldn't do it if it were wet or raining... More

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Ankara, Turkey
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It is the oldest living area of Ankara... In another world it was the city centre of Ankara. There is some renovations going on in the Castle. But it is possible to go and visit the area. Getting nicer day by day. But still there is lots of thing to do...

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Ankara, Turkey
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18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The citadel and the environment are being restored. At the moment not much to see in the citadel, except few restaurants and few gift shops. You can get a nice view of the old Ankara if you can go on the top of the castle. There are however a lot of interesting shops on narrow streets outside the citadel. Koç... More

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Walking up to the Citadel is just delightful... All of us who live in Ankara should remind ourselves to do it annually...a jump out of the modern skyrises and malls of present day Ankara with a lovely stroll through history. On a hillside in Ulus, it's in one of the oldest areas of the city that maintains a wonderous variety... More

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