Ankara used to be a complex cradle of civilization. It would be a miss if you travel to Turkey without learning about its fascinating history. Visiting Ankara is a great opportunity to equip yourself with knowledge about this city and country.
Museum of Anatolian Civilization
The Museum of Anatolian Civilization is situated on the south side of Ankara Castle in Ulus, Ankara. The museum has a large collection of Anatolian archaeology exhibits from the Paleolithic era to the present. The museum plays an important role in introducing Ankara’s history and Turkish history to the visitors.
The Anatolia Civilizations Museum is in two Ottoman buildings, located in the Atpazari district of Ankara. Now the museum is separated into the central hall and the surrounding hall.
The central hall consists of work rooms, library, conference hall, labs and workshops.
The surrounding hall contains artifacts from periods from Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Assyrian to Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian and Lydian. These include stone and bones tools, wall paintings, stamps, containers, agricultural tools, tomb, wooden furniture, depiction to modern days’ artifacts like: statues, jewelry and decorative vessels.
Here are some exhibited artifacts from the museum:
Atakule is a 125 met high communication and observation tower located in the Cankaya district of central Ankara. As the location of Cankaya is on the hill, Atakule can be seen anywhere in the city.
The tower was designed by the architect Ragip Buluc from 1987 to 1989. The top section of the tower is the open terrace and a restaurant – Sevilla, which makes a full 360 degrees’ rotation in one hour.
Beside the restaurant and terrace on the top mentioned above, there is a number of services provided for visitors to Atakule.
On top of Sevilla is another restaurant called Dome. This restaurant is located directly under the cupola.
There is also a café under the terrace, called UFO.
Last but not least, in the bottom area of the tower is a shopping mall with a lot of surrounding restaurants. The shopping mall’s name is Atrium, opened in 1989, is the first modern mall in Ankara. Due to the conditions, the mall was demolished and rebuilt into a more contemporary, stylish shopping mall.
Erimtan Archaeology & Arts Museum
Being the latest museum in the city, Erimtan Archaeology and Arts Museum houses an astonishing collection of Roman artefacts collected over the years. This collection is from the Bronze Age, Hittites and Byzantine period.
Besides, there is also a huge number of ceramic and jewelry pieces as well as coin collections and an ornate Urartian belt.
In case visitors are craving for some beverages to use, the museum provides a café, which has a beautiful garden, an eye-pleasing view and very good coffee.
Constructed during the 20th century, the Kocatepe is the biggest mosque in Ankara, Turkey. The mosque’s construction was finished in 1987. Built in Ottoman architectural style, the mosque has undergone several phases of construction.
The Kocatepe Mosque is located at the heart of the city Ankara. Because of its size and location, the mosque can be seen from anywhere in Ankara.
The mosque was built in neo-classical Ottoman architectural style, with some influence from Byzantine style.
The interior design of the mosque is aesthetic. It can boast around 24000 worshippers. With this capacity, Kocatepe is one of the largest mosques in the world.
Ankara is one of the must-try cities in Turkey. You will enjoy the iconic mixture of old and temporary feeling at the same time by visiting Ankara. Apply now with our e-Visa service to obtain your Turkish visa.
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