In Ankara you can see a mixture of architectural styles, historic buildings and monuments and a range of fascinating museums.
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Here’s a selection of some places you could visit during your stay in the City:
This is the huge and impressive mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who was the head of the Turkish National Movement during the War of Independence of Turkey and who died in 1938. Ataturk founded the Republic of Turkey and became its first President, and this mausoleum honours his memory and achievements. Approaching the tomb, you can see twelve lion statues on either side of the Road of Lions, leading to the Ceremonial Plaza and then the Hall of Honour with its mighty columns, and here, under a massive sarcophagus, is located Ataturk’s tomb. There are ten towers at the site which identify with the ideals of the Republic, and there’s a museum where you can see exhibits relating to Ataturk, including his clothes, medals and personal belongings.
This is the City’s largest Mosque, a superb building that was constructed from 1967 to 1987. The Mosque is a distinctive landmark in the City and is built in elegant Neo-Classical Ottoman style with four tall minarets. You can visit the Mosque and admire its impressive construction as well as the beautiful interior.
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
Housed in a former Ottoman bazaar and inn, this Museum has a large range of fascinating Anatolian exhibits. Among the objects to see are Palaeolithic tools, Neolithic figurines and pottery, reliefs and seals from the Hittite Period and furniture from the Phrygian Period. Other collections in the Museum include ancient Greek and Roman objects such as jewellery and sculptures.
Ethnography Museum of Ankara
This Museum has a wide and varied collection of exhibits relating to the culture and history of Turkey. The Museum is situated in an elegant building which previously housed the sarcophagus of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk while the Anitkabir mausoleum was being built. Among the beautiful artefacts here are costumes and personal ornamentations, jewellery, embroidered textiles, glassware and porcelain, manuscripts, weapons, woodcarvings, sarcophagi and carpets.
This observation tower, built in the late 1980’s, and standing over 400ft in height is a major landmark in the City and can be seen for miles around. At the top of the tower you can have outstanding panoramic views over the City and all its sights in the revolving restaurant which makes a slow full turn while you enjoy your meal, together with an open terrace.
The State Art and Sculpture Museum
In this Museum visitors can see a large range of Turkish fine art and sculpture dating from the 1800’s onwards, and there are also temporary exhibitions held at the Museum showing international art, including painting and sculpture. The Museum also hosts art courses and workshops including painting, and the Museum is host to regular theatre shows and concerts.
Aqua Vega Aquarium
You can have an enjoyable time at this Aquarium where you can see a great range of fascinating marine creatures from around the world close up. Among the creatures here are sharks, clown fish, koi and crabs, and there are also lovely sea shell displays. You can also visit Adrenaline World here, with a range of interesting deadly creatures, including the Gila monster, snakes and tarantulas.
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