Ankara Travel guide
Turkeys capital and the second largest city
after Istanbul. Located in the center of
Anatolia on the eastern edge of the great, high
Anatolian Plateau, in the province of the same
name, Ankara is a lovely tourist destination.
Besides its cultural and architectural heritage,
the city has a major European appearance than
most of the other cities in Turkey, with
wide-open roads, large hotels, restaurants and
Although during its history the city has not had
much of transcendence in the ancient periods,
was not until the War of the Independence, when
Kemal Ataturk declared to Ankara as the capital
of the new Republic of Turkey that Ankara got
great importance. Today Ankara is an important
commercial and industrial city and as center of
the Turkish government, the city plays and
important role for the Turkish economy as an
important crossroad of trade.
As a tourism destination Ankara has many things
to offer to visitors. There are Hittite,
Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and
Ottoman archaeological sites like the Temple of
Augustus and Rome (20 BC) which is also known as
the Monumentum Ancyranum, that show the periods
that the city has passed during the time. There
are also beautiful museums displaying its
cultural heritage and the life style of locals.
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