Being the capital of Turkey and second largest city after Istanbul, Ankara is the home to almost 5 million citizens. The city is very significant for all Turks, as it is the place where the completely new stage of the country’s development begun. In 1920, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk made this city the center of the resistance movement. As a result, it was turned into the capital due to its strategically good location.
In fact, Ankara is a purpose-built capital. In the beginning of the 20th century, it was a small town with several thousand inhabitants. Most of them lived around the Ankara Castle and for that reason, the castle is the best point to start discovering the city.
Of course, Turkey is a very traditionalist and religious country. However, a wise tourist should remember that Ankara has not always been Islamic. The history of the city reaches 2000 B.C.
To move on to your next point, you can catch a bus. There are lots of bus lines, as well as minibuses (‘dolmush’ in Turkish). In fact, the public transport system of Ankara is quite developed, so you should not encounter any difficulties in moving around.
Naturally, this large mosque is impressive an beautiful. From here you can take a walk towards Kizilay Square, the modern center of the city. While you walk, look around and try to understand that everything you see emerged in the last hundred years, after Ankara was pronounced the capital of Turkey.
While you walk around, don’t forget to taste the famous doner kebap. Though this food is getting increasingly popular in Europe, there is no place where it is cooked better than in Turkey. After all, to have a little rest from all the hustle and bustle of this lively city, go to one of the most beautiful parks of Ankara:
- 6 hours6 kmEasyYou can get to Ankara by plane, by bus from most Turkish cities and by train from Istanbul and some other cities.Public transport system is highly developed and resonably priced
Updated: May 11, 2015