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Historic Ottoman venue with artifacts from ancient civilizations, displayed chronologically for an insightful journey through Anatolia's 8,000-year history.
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Historic citadel with panoramic city views, encompassing narrow lanes and quaint shops. Features local cuisine and a glimpse into Anatolian history amidst ongoing urban restoration.
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  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,491 contributions
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    Anitkabir is an impressive building and gives greater understanding about Atatürk (the father of Turks) and the foundation of modern Turkey. We came up from the Peace garden side (cafeteria side) but also walked along the opposite avenue lined, every so often, with replica Hittite lions. I liked the simple aesthetic lines of the building and the ceremonial plaza. It was raining so we had the open columns reflecting in the water on the patterned ground. It is quite a large complex. I thought the guards standing motionless in their plastic cases were mannequins but they are not - they are real.

    We walked through the museum section in the lower floor. While photos are not allowed in the first few room dedicated to Atatürk's life and belongings they are usually allowed elsewhere. There are large dioramas of the various conflicts and wars Ataturk was involved in. Along the halls there are busts of Turkish generals and military officers as well as more detailed individual displays on the political changes Ataturk introduced. Upstairs is a large open chamber lined with large lamps and Atatürk's symbolic sarcophagus (the real tomb is actually on a lower level).
    Written April 29, 2024
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  • happykoabug
    Honolulu, HI600 contributions
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    My favorite museum during the whole trip in Turkiye since it contains a superb collection dating back to the settlement at Catal Huyuk in 7500 BC and includes pieces from the Phrygian, Urartian, Assyrian & Hittite Empires.
    Written May 31, 2024
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  • rftu
    Newry, UK1,043 contributions
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    Situated right across from the entrance to Ankara castle this ‘private’ museum costs 200 Tl to enter. What a selection and display of old everyday objects set out in realistic scenes. From dentist surgery, shoe maker, iron monger etc, etc the list goes on. The jumble of items that morphed into the image of Ataturk is amazing. The building and even the roof top cafe alone would be worth the visit. Expect to spend two hours here at your leisure.
    Written October 31, 2023
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
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    Haci Bayram is one of the oldest Mosques in Ankara dating back to 17 century Ottoman era. While the architecture is quite usual Ottoman style you can see all over Turkey, I found its location much more interesting.
    As you're approaching it you'll spot the Roman era Temple of Augustus from the 1st cent. Considering its age its pretty good preserved, specially two main walls.
    The Mosque is built right beside the Temple with its back wall relying on the ancient Temple wall which I found interesting and pretty odd.
    You can enter the Mosque which has beautiful wood carvings inside, and on the right side of it is Haci Bayram grave which appears to be a pilgrimage site as many wait in line to pay their respects.
    Written October 20, 2022
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  • Francisco Jose Fernandez Sanchez
    Las Rozas, Spain601 contributions
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    The quintessential mosque of Ankara and which is worth visiting for its grandeur and excellent construction
    It is on top of a hill and is visible from an point in Ankara when you really get inside, which is dwarfed by its dimensions
    Anyone can visit it and enter to enjoy its interior even if they are not a believer, the only thing you have to do is take off your shoes, wear appropriate clothing and not disturb the Muslims who are praying while you visit
    Once inside you would stay for hours admiring the stained glass windows, the phrases from the Koran written in Arabic or the immemse lamps that hang from the ceiling
    It is said to be one of the largest mosques in the world, suitable for 24,000 worshipers, and although its construction is modern, it maintains the structural foundations of the ancient mosques
    Written November 26, 2023
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  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, UK10,307 contributions
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    We walked here from our hotel. Entrance was 125 lire (£4) and I think that covered the Parliamentary museum just down the street too. The museum was fascinating to see how much was done by such a small group of people that transformed the entire country. There were information boards, in English, in every room and plenty of artifacts and uniforms as well as the rooms themselves to put things into context. It certainly helped me understand a period that I didn't really know much about.
    Written September 28, 2023
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  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
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    I think this may be the highest point in Ankara, hence why fortifications were built here as early as the 8th century BC by the Phrygians. Consequently it was used and improved by Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans.
    I found the castle itself less of an attraction, apart from the fact that you can see spolia in its walls everywhere - very picturesque.
    But the views are panoramic in every direction and you can see the old Ottoman houses underneath with their decaying terracotta roofs.
    The narrow alleys are now very touristic with lots of souvenir shops and cafe's.
    Written November 24, 2023
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  • Atis B
    Kharagpur, India1,193 contributions
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    It’s very ancient and so many dynasties ruled here. Any one can easily understand from the walls. The houses are also different. From the top view of the whole city is visible.
    Written December 27, 2023
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  • Muratcan Isildak
    Ankara, Türkiye22 contributions
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    Enjoy the ancient atmosphere and the quietness of the evening , you can read your book and enjoy your coffee..
    Written May 1, 2023
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  • Muratcan Isildak
    Ankara, Türkiye22 contributions
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    İt used to be a more historical place , but with the last restorations it has lost the soul .. if you have time have a look to see the dark side of the history...
    Written May 1, 2023
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  • Ben lamyaa
    Kuwait City, Kuwait545 contributions
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    The village of Altin koy is a 45-minute drive from the capital, the city of Cengaya, Ankara. A museum that tells the story of ancient Anatolian life. You can stroll through the village and see old houses, old industries, and watermills.

    You can follow and buy the old Anatolian bread making method. There is a special place for horses and the way to take care of them, as well as pets such as cows and sheep. You can find old handicrafts such as making clothes, accessories, carpets and even baskets, a garden and an educational city that is useful for all visitors .
    Written August 23, 2023
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
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    This review is a continuation from my first Parliament review, on TA named as "1. TBMM Kurtulus Savasi Muzesi", which is 100 m up the street.
    To better understand, I advise visiting this after the first Parliament - the same ticket of 3-4 Euros is valid for both.
    This edifice was primary built for the Republican People's party, but was converted into a Parliament and served for that purpose 1924-1960.
    On the lower floor is the big assembly room with Ataturk vax figure on the balcony.
    The upper floor has offices of the President, Prime minister, clerks and a guest meeting room. Count on 30-45 min for your visit.
    Written October 20, 2022
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