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Ankara Citadel (Hisar)

Ankara, Turkey (Çankaya)
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Ranked #16 of 81 Attractions in Ankara
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The foundations of this structure were laid by Galatians and...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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 the citadel contains many fine examples of traditional architecture.
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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

While the view from the top of the citadel is very good, take the time to explore the streets in the surrounding neighborhood. you can either walk past the entry to the citadel or exit to the right as you descend down from your visit and then turn up any of the side streets. You'll find homes that are built... More 

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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

...that has not been "Disneyfied". Real people live here and walk around giving tourists dirty looks as we take up space and peer at their everyday lives as if they were animals at a zoo. Not recommended for the mobility impaired.

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New Delhi, India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

very well maintained by government of turkey and still habitable for local people. the walk up is great experience and variety to choose from the street shop. nice deal if you could bargain well.

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Budapest
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The hill of the citadel is sorrounded by the moderne metropolis. But, if you enter inside the walls, you find yourself in an old village. Not a skansen, but a REAL village with women in old style Turkish garments, animals in the yards etc. Really atmospheric! Then, go to the renowed walls and bastion (if it is possible, at sunset),... More 

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Waikanae, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Go here before its all been restored within an inch of its life. This is a blast from the past particularly if you get away from the tourist shops.

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Ankara, Turkey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The area of Ulus near the Citadel is a great place to spend a day exploring. There are carpet, jewelry, fabric, furniture, and other types of shops all over. The cafes are traditionally Turkish. When I feel the need to get out of modern Ankara, I go to Ulus and spend the day walking the hilly streets and popping into... More 

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Padua, Italy
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20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It may seem nothing special,but the view it's beautiful. I've been there at the sunset,the city lights were starting to shine, and the song of the prayer was echoing from all around us.. it was a magical moment, I will never forget it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The citadel itself is not impressive, it is an old fort of sorts, nothing spectacular and you can probably see everything in a half hour; but what I do love about it is the amazing view you get of the whole area once you get to the top of the citadel! Make sure to bring your camera and of course,... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Nice ancient castle, a kind of symbol for Ankara. Captured by the Seljuck Turks in 1073. A nice view of Ankara. Antique shops, restaurants and carpet shops.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

nice place with small shops. The view on the city from the top of the city walls is amazing. People inside the citadel still live like in a traditional anatolian village. The whole area has been, and still is, under restoration.

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