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Ankara city center Information
Ankara was founded in 2000 bc but it only became the capital of Turkey in 1923. Throughout the centuries the city has transformed into a modern city according to the European status but still the most charming parts are those that the old city has to offer. Being an attractive combination of modern an old, Ankara is nowadays the administrative center of Turkey, including many businesses and universities.
Ulus that is the old part of town is the most interesting part of the city. Ulus was built on two hills with steep serpentine like streets, with main attraction the Kale fortress that overlooks the city.
But it is not just Ulu s where you can find the traces of the past. All around the city you could find remains of previous times such as the Augustus temple and the Haci Bayram tomb and the mosque next to it.
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is one of the most important museums Turkey has to offer. It is housed in a beautiful building that is a restored covered market close to the city center and is a must to anyone interested to Anatolia history. Exhibits showcase an extended view to Anatolia civilizations with items from the Catal Huyuk site collections of tablets and many more.
The Mausoleum of Ataturk
The Mausoleum of Ataturk is also one of the most important sites to visit. Atatürk was the founder of the Republic of Turkey and the first President and remains even today one of the most respected figures of Turkey. The mausoleum is located on an imposing hill at the Antepe quarter and is a quite impressive mix of ancient and modern architecture. It contains items and exhibits related to Kemal Ataturk with a great historical interest.
The Cengelhan Rahmi M. Koc Museum
The Cengelhan Rahmi M. Koc Museum is located near to the Anatolian civilization museum and is housed in a former Caravansaray that was built in 1522. The museum holds a massive collection of scientific instruments, maritime, medicine, engineering, road transport and many other exhibits on diverse themes relating human inventions on different eras.
The Ankara Ethnography Museum (Etnoğrafya Müzesi)
The Ankara Ethnography museum is opposite the Opera House in Ulus area and holds a fine collection of folkloric and ethnic artifacts
The State Art and Sculpture Museum (Resim-Heykel Müzesi)
The State Art and Sculpture Museum is near the Ethnography Museum and hosts a rich collection of Turkish art starting from the works of late 19th century to nowadays. Smaller galleries house guest exhibitions within the museum.
The War of Independence Museum (Kurtuluş Savaşı Müzesi)
The War of Independence Museum is also located in Ulus in the building that used to be the first parliament of Turkey. The museum dispalays items along with wax figure rooms with the former Turkish presidents.
The TCDD Locomotive Museum
The open-air TCDD Locomotive Museum is a very interesting museum that displays the history of locomotion through a complete collection that would satisfy its visitors and will enthusiast the children.