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Ankara is a fast emerging tourist destination

By Carlton Leisure - 30/06/2014

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Situated in the heart of turkey, Ankara, the second largest city in the country has certain air of sophistication. The administrative hub of the country has also a sizable population due to presence of a number of universities. Due to presence of a large diplomat offices and embassies Ankara has certain amenities and services hard to find in any other city. The city may not be historically rich like its famous peer but it has certain charm which is specific to it. With several architectural marvels, an array of museums and several world citizens working with embassies Ankara is not aping Istanbul but making a mark of its own. Here we suggest things you should explore for a better understanding of Turkish capital.

Anitkabir

You will get acquainted with the picture of Anitkabir as you come to the city and exchange currency as picture of it is printed on currency in turkey. Anitkabir the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, is one of the most popular attractions in the city of Ankara. During their visit to this place the tourists will also get acquainted with the Museum of Ataturk and War of Independence which are situated inside Anitkabir, the section of the War of Independence containing panoramic views of the war fields.

Atakule Tower

One of the highest structures in Turkish capital, Atakule Tower also has an observation desk from where you can see panoramic view of the city. If you want to visit this tower then taking a bus could be a good idea this tower is situated atop a hill.

Ulus and Republican Ankara

On your visit to Ulus and Republican Ankara you will come across several buildings built during beginning years of the republic. This formers center of Ankara, the architecture here is influenced by the revolution showing neo-classical Turkish symbols. State Art and Sculpture Museum Building, Ethnography Museum Building, and historic bank buildings on Ataturk Boulevard are some of the good examples.

Temples of Augustus and Rome

The Temple of Augustus and Rome is not in the good condition but still it holds a great historical significance. During your visit to the temple you will see marble inscription on which the Emperor Augustus deeds have been written. The site can be view from a walkway that surrounds it.

Museums

The city of Ankara is abuzz with museums and there are museums based on different themes. Museum of Anatolian Civilizations exhibits artefacts from Asia Minor/Anatolian civilizations while State Art and Sculpture Museum exhibit Turkish art. Ankara Ethnography Museum is an ideal place to see traditional Turkish clothes and goods. Ankara Aviation Museum is good place for watching aircrafts, aviation items and missiles.