A 12th century mosque built by the Seljuk Turks within the walls of the ancient citadel. Although rebuilt by the Ottomans, it boasts fine Seljuk woodwork.
A 13th century mosque located outside the citadel.
Ahi Elvan Mosque
A 14th century mosque located outside the citadel.
Haci Bayram Mosque
Adjacent to the Roman Temple of Augustus, the 15th century mosque is greatly venerated by Muslims as a holy shrine.
The largest mosque in Ankara, located in the Kocatepe Quarter. The mosque was built between 1976 and 1987 in the Ottoman architectural style
To reach Ankara is not...
To reach Ankara is not difficult. Most countries have flights to the city's Esenboga Airport, and from this airport there are regular flights to the major cities of Turkey. Ankara is the center of Turkey's excellent and very extensive coach network; and it is possible to travel to and from the city to most Turkish towns and cities, and many major European cities. Turkish railways offer a more leisurely mode of travel to a number of cities.
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
I’ve been told that this is one of the best museums in Asia and this is true! The truth is that I was expecting a bigger collection but all the items are outstanding covering a various ancient civilizations of the area from the Paleolithic and Neolithic era to Hittites’ kingdom. So much history here! I found impressive the bull heads (pic 4) that had a ritual significance. They symbolized the man gods made of original bull skulls covered with plaster.
60-70 minutes are enough to explore all the artifacts (and read the signs) and also to walk outside where you can see some more statues, big amphoreus(pic 5) etc
I noticed a nice café inside, also a souvenir shop.
The museum is opened daily 09.00 - 17.00 and the entrance fee is 10YTL (6 euros)
Hattusa - Hittite Ruins in Bogazkale
Although in the village of Bogazkale, the ruins of the Hittite roughly 3,500 year-old capital Hattusa are an easy and pleasant day trip from Ankara. The site is east of Ankara and when we were there in mid-February, in our minivan (necessary because we were four people plus our friends), it took us a pleasant and easy drive of 2 hours, 45 minutes from our hotel in Kizilay.
The worst and slowest part of the drive was from Kizilay in the heart of Ankara to Kirikkale, especially the area around the town of Elmadag. This was in part because of the traffic and because various parts of the road were under repair. East of Kirikkale, the road is excellent, a nice, smooth divided multi-lane highway, and traffic exceedingly light. Even the road off the Ankara-Samsun highway going directly through Bogazkale itself is a perfectly good road. The countryside is interesting and mostly very gentle, with some craggy rocky areas interspersed, especially closer to Bogazkale and overall the drive is easy.
The ruins themselves, with Hattusa proper as well as the city's sanctuary nearby, called Yazilikaya, are extensive and require a good several hours to explore, even with a car. The best way to go, if you can do it, is with your own car. Not only is the drive easiy and pleasant, making a nice road trip, but this gives felxibility and the Hattusa site itself is laid out with a nice one-way street circumnavigating it, allowing easy, quick travel in the very large, hilly complex of ruins. Since it was exceedingly windy when we were there, having a car also made it more pleasant. If you lack a car, unless you hire a taxi, exploring the ruins would take far too long to do a day drip from Ankara.
The signs allowing the entire route are clear and everything is well marked, from the signs in Ankara showing the way to Samsun, to the signs showing where to turn off the highway to go to Bogazkale and Hattusa, to the signs in Bogazkale showing where to go to Hattusa and Yazilikaya.
Kugulu park,Tunali Hilmi st., Arjantin st.
Kugu=Swan. It was one our favorite park once upon a time. It is nostalgic for us now. You may rest there if you are staying at Hilton or Sheraton. Just from there Tunali Hilmi street starts. You may find many shops, restaurants or bars around here. If you go thru to Arjantin street you may find many more... From other side you may climb to Çankaya and reach to Atakule (Tower) and bothanical park.