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Ankara Citadel (Hisar)

Ankara, Turkey (Çankaya)
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Ranked #17 of 102 attractions in Ankara
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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Ankara, Turkey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Windermere, United Kingdom
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The castle has been maintained but what lies between it, and the outer walls, is inneed of a lot of investment. There are building collapsing and nothing seems to be happening to help protect them. some parts are well maintained but there needs to be a lot more done to prevent something so special from being lost.

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Climb up to the citadel and enjoy the old houses in the historic centre of old Ankara. some of the roads still need new pavements and a few houses are not yet renovated. From the citadel one has a brilliant view. I was there during sunset and when the prayers start from the minarets you can hear it echoing all... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We walked up through the lovely park through the main entrance and were greeted with rubbish piled up, a broken down car and general dirtiness. We probably could have stayed to explore more but decided just to return to the pretty park instead.

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Porto, Portugal
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44 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I was very disappointed, all the place around is not well kept. Is old, dirty and destroyed. Almost no shops to buy souvenirs or drink/eat. Is a shame to the city!

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Ankara, Turkey
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I liked hiking to the top. You can almost see the whole Ankara from there. Very nice small shops with authentic Turkish hand crafts.

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Ankara, Turkey
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15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The top of the Citadel offers the best panoramic view of the city. Surrounded by the historic city center. Best to spent a few hours and enjoy the recently renovated shops and restaurants. Really close to Cengelhan and Anatolian Civilizations museum. Walk to Hamamonu to explore the shops along the way. Can find antiques, art, crafts, carpets, fabric, wood work,... More

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Ankara, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Climb to the upper parts of the Citadel and see the landscape. Then descend back out of the walls and buy some souvenirs and/or handicrafts from the shops around the Citadel, preferably in the "Pirinç Han". Finally end your visit in a cafe nearby and enjoy your drink.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I had heard that the best part of Ankara was leaving- and that was from Turkish people! But I really enjoyed this place! It wasn't like the crazy hustle and bustle at most Turkish markets where everyone and their brother is after you to buy a carpet. No one bothered us- and we found a lovely little shop where the... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

When you first see this thickly walled structure while driving round the vicinity, it looks solid and homogeneous, but once inside it becomes apparent that many different civilizations have contributed to what now exists: Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks. Within its confines, you will find several restful garden areas and chic places to eat. The houses and commercial buildings have been... More

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