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Sights in Ankara, Turkey

Ankara is the capital of Turkey and is home to historic sites, monuments, ancient ruins, and interesting museums worth exploring.

  • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations—a museum that provides a great introduction to Turkey’s past with exhibits featuring artifacts from major archaeological sites in Anatolia and halls with reliefs, statuary, and ancient artifacts from Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, the Bronze Age, Assyria, Hittites, Phrygian, Urartian, and Lydian periods; Gozcu Sokak 2
  • Anit Kabir—the large mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, situated within a complex that also includes museums and a ceremonial courtyard; one of the museums has Ataturk memorabilia, personal belongings, gifts from admirers, and recreations of his childhood home and school as well as exhibits about the war of independence and the formation of the republic of Turkey; Genclik Caddesi
  • Erimtan Archaeology and Arts Museum—the newest museum in the city with artifacts collected over the years by Turkish businessman and archaeology enthusiast Yuksel Erimtan that includes Roman, Bronze Age, Hittite, and Byzantine pieces such as ceramics, jewelry, a large coin collection, and cuneiform tablets; Gozcu Sokak 10
  • Rahmi M. Koc Industrial Museum—a museum located within the restored Cengelhan building that also has a hotel and restaurant and features three floors of exhibits on transportation, science, music, computing, Ataturk, and carpets; Depo Sokak 1
  • Vakif Eserleri Muzesi—a museum with a large collection of Turkish carpets, textiles, Ottoman manuscripts, tiles, metalwork, and carved panels; Ataturk Bulvari
  • Ethnography Museum—a museum located within a white marble building that once served as Ataturk’s mausoleum and now has a collection with displays on henna ceremonies, Anatolian jewelry, rug-making, Seljuk ceramics, early 15th century doors, and coffee; Turkocagi Sokak
  • Haci Bayram Camii—the most sacred mosque in Ankara named in honor of a Muslim saint who founded the Bayramiye dervish order around 1400 with the mosque built in 15th century and tilework added in the 18th century; Haci Bayram Veli Caddesi
  • Painting and Sculpture Museum—a museum that highlights Turkish artists with 19th and 20th century pieces; Turkocagi Sokak
  • Genclik Parki—a Middle Eastern style park with tea gardens, colorful water fountains, and an amusement park; Ataturk Bulvari
  • Cer Modern—an artists’ park and gallery that displays modern art from across Europe and has a café and shop; Altinsoy Caddesi 3
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