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Two essential visits in Ankara

on 12/04/2014

Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

       Ankara became the capital of Turkey when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the Republic in 1923 .It is not a touristical town. However, it has some worthwhile resources.

One of them is a must to discover: The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in the old city inside of a former caravanserail of the fifteenth century.

The museum is one of the finest in the country and the history of the Anatolian people is concentrated there, exhibited chronologically,starting from the Paleolithic period. Hittite sculptures and bronze collections represent a very small part of the wealth of this museum.

Nearby, the Citadel visit also gives the advantage to enjoy Ottoman houses scattered around, both inside and outside of the walls and the extensive view that emerges from the ramparts.

In the popular area close to Samanpazari, with many traditional shops also stands the Aslanhane mosque which was built in the thirteenth century by the Seljuk and whose characteristic is having an all wooden prayer hall.

Eventhough the origins of the city are very old, the city has few ancient remains. The column of the Emperor Julian, the ruins of the Temple of Augustus and the remains of Roman baths are close to one another in the Ulus district,which is adjacent to the citadel.

Before leaving Ankara, you must visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk. Called Turkish Anitkabir, since 1953, the founder of modern Turkey lies here whose body was moved 15 years after his death. Built on top of Anittepe the mausoleum stands at the end of a long driveway lined with statues of lions. Here, you can see the fervor of the Turkish people coming to honor his memory.

On the esplanade, museum provides insight into the reforms of Ataturk, has different effects that belonged to him and discusses the War of Independence through the life of certain battles.

In another tower at the entrance of the site, an exhibition where photos, layout and explanations will help you to know how this impressive mausoleum was built .This is the second key location where you should go if you ever make iyour way to Ankara.

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