Top Ancient Sights in Ankara

By JC, Germany, March 2012

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Few cities have grown so big, so quickly as Ankara, once known as Angora (yes, like the goats’ wool, which originated near here). It’s only been the capitol of Turkey since 1923 but the tall buildings, prestigious modern government quarters and urban sprawl which have sprung up since then can’t completely disguise the city’s ancient origins. Here’s where to encounter Ankara’s distant past:

Citadel: More or less every civilization which came through Ankara left its mark on the imposing Citadel, Ankara’s most prominent landmark, whose origins lie 3 millennia in the past. But it’s not just the battlements, but the jumble of houses representing centuries of architectural change, in and around the Citadel, which make this one of the most appealing spots in Ankara for an unhurried stroll. ...

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Istanbul Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Istanbul.

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