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What to see in Ankara

Ankara Attractions

Fascinating archaeology abounds in Ankara, and one of the best ways to take it all in is to stroll around the old city. Here, travellers will also have the opportunity to see the hubbub of the local markets which sell expertly crafted goods like clothes, jewellery and carpets.

Aside from ancient ruins, Ankara is home to many museums: for a taste of Turkey's founding history, visit the Republic Museum; or get a taste for Turkey's cultural products at the State Art and Sculpture Museum. If being indoors looking at exhibits proves too taxing, visitors should wonder around the beautiful parks that Ankara has to offer. Kugulu Park is a perfect place to start and sighseers may catch a glimpse of renowned, graceful swans; alternatively, and the Genclik Park with its rowing pond and botanical garden are equally excelent.


A revered monument in the city accessed by a wide avenue lined with lion statues, Anitkabir is the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Ataturk. It draws Turks from all over…

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Ethnographic Museum

When the founder of the Turkish Republic, Ataturk, died in 1938, he was buried in the courtyard of the building which now houses the Ethnographic Museum. Although he was moved to his final resting…

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Mount Ararat

In the far east of Turkey lies Mount Ararat, the twin peaks of this dormant volcano boast the highest summit in the country and legend has it that the remains of Noah's Ark lie on the snow-capped…

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Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

The museum which charts the history of Asia Minor is housed in a lovely 15th-century restored building close to the centre of Ankara. Originally a market and caravanserai close to the centre…

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Natural History Museum

Anyone with an interest in the natural world will enjoy Ankara's Natural History Museum, which contains some fascinating exhibits and dioramas detailing the (often extinct) wildlife of Anatolia, as…

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Temple of Augustus

The Roman Temple of Augustus was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, and contains the best-preserved copy of Emperor Augustus' last will and testament, inscribed on the vestibule walls. After…

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