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Travel Tips to Ankara (ESB)
Attractions in Ankara: The city is characterised by various cultural influences
Ankara is the second biggest metropolis in Turkey and also its capital. A great variety of architectural styles are to be found after a flight to Ankara due to the many conquests; for example by Romans, Persians, Arabs and Ottomans. The dissolution of Istanbul as capital happened as long ago as 1923. The main driving force behind this was Mustafa Kemal, who also called himself “Ataturk” (father of the Turks). The change was supposed to make it clear that after centuries of occupation, a new era was dawning on what a short time later became known as the Turkish Republic.
Ankara Castle – including traditional souvenirs
The Ankara citadel is an impressive symbol of the city. It sits proudly on top of a 978-metre-high hill and is divided into an upper and lower town. There were once 20 lookout towers on the lower part and some of them can still be seen today. The red Ankara stone and marble walls of the inner town are well preserved. Narrow alleys lead past traditional dwellings. Only a few of the interesting wood and clay houses are still lived in. Some of them now house quaint restaurants and small gift shops. In particular, real Turkish carpets and interesting antiques can be bought here.
Valuable art treasures in the Ethnographic Museum
To learn more about the cultural history of Turkey, a visit to the Ethnographic Museum of Ankara is a must. It was opened in 1930 with 1,250 exhibits. For a time, the marble sarcophagus of the important Mustafa Kemal was located in the inner yard. This was later covered over by a mausoleum. The site is still marked and around it there is an interesting display about Mustafa’s death. Highlights of the exhibits include priceless manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an, the book of Islam, and an artistically formed wooden prayer niche (mihrab) from the 14th century AD. The permanent exhibition “Folk Art of Turkey” also displays real artistic treasures.
Unique combination of building styles
The Kocatepe Mosque is one of the most famous buildings in Ankara. It was started in 1967, with plans drawn by the architect Vedat Dalokay who intended the design to be modern. However, it was finished in 1987 by Hüsrev Tayla in a classic Ottoman style. This combination gives it a unique overall look. Highlights in the interior of the building are the magnificent thick carpets, the mosaics and the large golden circular lamps hanging from the walls. Stained glass windows provide a fascinating interplay of colours. Book your flights to Ankara with FlyDoha and enjoy with the historical flair of the city!