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Address: Ankara, Turkey
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The foundations of this structure were laid by Galatians and eventually...
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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An interesting piece of history

come and feel the spirit of the ancient Ankara. Walk through its narrow streets, take the opportunity to stop in one of its traditional restaurants for a tea or a full meal. Enjoy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

come and feel the spirit of the ancient Ankara. Walk through its narrow streets, take the opportunity to stop in one of its traditional restaurants for a tea or a full meal. Enjoy the view on Ankara while climbing on the top. Walk down the nezrby streets at the bottom of the castle and do some shopping. An interesting and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Ankara is not blessed with many tourist highights. One of the best things you can do is a walk to the top of the citadel (hisar). This is an outing that may take from a couple of hours to a good half day (depending on how interested you are and your fitness - the hike isn't overly ardous but you... More 

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

But it's worth a taxi trip to the entrance, across from the Koç museum. Other interesting shops and restaurants within the walls of the kale. Free. But entirely self guided, no signs at all. The walk to the top of the kale is steep and uneven. Walking along the top walls is treacherous - be warned. But you will be... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is yet another example of the amazing historical sites in Turkey. Visiting this site takes you all the way back to the Romans, Byzantines, Seljuq Turks, and Crusaders, until finally in the hands of the Ottoman Empire.

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I absolutely loved Ankara Citadel! It is FREE and has the absolute BEST view of the city. The walk up was lovely. You walk through a park that's nicely landscaped with benches that overlook also have a nice view.The houses near the castle are quite poor so there are many women selling quite inexpensive jewelry and handmade items on the... More 

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Had an hour to spare and thought I'd give this site a visit. The actual citadel is interesting with great views of the city around you. The houses and streets around it are falling apart, with lots of building work going on. I did visit a museum which was interesting with numerous artefacts going back in time a long way.

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Lille, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Besides from the awesome view ( really good, seriously!), there are numerous boutiques filled with souvenirs, jewels, carpets, traditional clothes and pottery.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The views from the top of the citadel are absolutely amazing. You will have a complete 360 degree panoramic view of Ankara, with snow capped mountains lingering in the background, just beyond the reaches of this massive city. The shopping around the citadel is also quite fun. Lots of places to haggle and bargain for silver and rugs and ceramics... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Military builders have always understood the premium location the highest point in the "hood" would have in controlling the flow of traffic. The Fort or Citadel is a living relic. Come here for scenic views and watching the sun rrise/set. Lovely. There is a bazaar for shopping. Just down the hill is the Museum for Ancient Civilization which is a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Beautiful view of the city. Enjoyed going thru the little streets and shops. Try to go on a weekday, when there aren't so many tourists. Much better prices than the Grand Bazar in Istanbul .

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