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Ankara Citadel (Hisar)

Ankara, Turkey (Çankaya)
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Ranked #14 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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162 reviews 162 reviews
61 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

How much longer the old houses will remain is an open question, but seeing the old city contained within the citadel and walking on the walls at the top is worthwhile.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

we stayed at a hotel just down from the citadel on our drive through to Cappadocia. The citadel gave a good view of the city. The walk up through the village was interesting. The thing we liked best though was the market just off the main street. The turkish delight in the market was some of the nicest we tasted... More

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New Delhi, India
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8 reviews 8 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
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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77 helpful votes 77 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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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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16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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9 helpful votes 9 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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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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