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Tourism Very familiar to most people as the capital of Turkey, Ankara is actually only the country's second-biggest city, being considerably smaller than Istanbul. However, Ankara is actually a very large and presentable Turkish city, constantly expanding and offering a rather sophisticated and modern character. Many wide streets are now lined with coffee shops and eateries, particularly around the energetic Kizilay area.
Various tourist hotspots present themselves around the city of Ankara and in particular, along the Ataturk Bulvari, which serves as a prominent artery. The Ulus Meydani, known simply as 'Ulus', is another important tourism hub in the city and this central square is close to a number of leading museums, while also offering a choice of accommodation and inexpensive restaurants. Nearby, the Ankara Tourist Information Office is easy to find and stands directly opposite the Maltepe Akaray Train Station, on the Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvari.
Sights Ankara, the Turkish capital, isn't the sprawling metropolis that its more famous counterpart is. However, there is still a lot to explore in this city of 4. 5 million. Here are my personal must-sees:
* Anıtkabir : This is the memorial and final resting place of Ataturk, Turkey's founding father. Turkish people have a very deep respect for him, and it really comes through in the memorial and museum. The stone temples are very grand and pretty while the hilltop location gives visitors a great perspective of the city.
* The Museum of Anatolian Civilization: The collection houses artifacts that date back thousands of years, from stone busts to early writing tablets. The gift shop has a good selection (and museum prices).
* Ankara Castle: This is in one of the less safe parts of the city, so I would advise you to visit only in a group. The ruins of this pre-Roman fortress are an interesting sight, especially if you get a hold of someone who is knowledgeable of its history.
* Maui Wowie: Yes, this is an international chain. Yes, you're buying overpriced smoothies. But A) the smoothies are delicious and B) there's free wifi. (Wifi lovers can also head to Starbucks). (Located on Arjantin Caddasi, near all of the embassies. This is the most ritzy part of town. )
Shopping Shopping can be a pleasurable experience for many, but frustrating for others. It helps to know where to go to find what you are looking for. There are a lot of options with regards to shopping in Ankara – between the supermarkets, department stores, and weekly bazaars, you are sure to find what you need.

Ankara, Turkey

Monday 26, February

From wikipedia about Ankara

Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Istanbul. The city has a mean elevation of, had a population of 4. 4 million.

Centrally located in Anatolia, Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. It is the center of the Turkish Government, and houses all foreign embassies. It is an important crossroads of trade, strategically located at the centre of Turkey's highway and railway networks, and serves as the marketing centre for the surrounding agricultural area. The city was famous for its long-haired Angora goat and its prized wool (mohair), a unique breed of cat (Angora cat), white rabbits and their prized wool (Angora wool), pears, honey, and the region's muscat grapes.

The historical center of Ankara is situated upon a rocky hill, which rises above the plain on the left bank of the Ankara Çayı, a tributary of the Sakarya (Sangarius) river. The city is located at 39°52'30" North, 32°52' East, about to the southeast of Istanbul, the country's largest city. Although situated in one of the driest places of Turkey and surrounded mostly by steppe vegetation except for the forested areas on the southern periphery, Ankara can be considered a green city in terms of green areas per inhabitant, which is 72 m2 per head.

Ankara is a very old city with various Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites. The hill which overlooks the city is crowned by the ruins of the old castle, which adds to the picturesqueness of the view, but only a few historic structures surrounding the old citadel have survived to the present day. There are, however, many finely preserved remains of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine architecture, the most remarkable being the Temple of Augustus and Rome (20 BC) which is also known as the Monumentum Ancyranum.
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