Ankara, Turkey’s capital and second largest, second most populous city is a modern Eurasian metropolis speckled with reminders of its varied history. Old castle and ruins from Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations and dot the landscape.
Ankara has several historic buildings and landmarks, mostly concentrated around Ulus. Ankara Castle, Cengelhan- Rahmi Koç Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Haci Bayram Mosque, Augustus Temple and Roman Baths; all of which are located in Ulus. If you have less time, two never to miss places are Atatürk’s Mausoleum - Anitkabir and Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
Ankara has a symbolic significance, it is the place where a new era for the Turkish people started. It is a symbol for independence, development and Western values.
Ankara is the administrative center of Turkey and a huge university town, so it has a large population of government workers and university students. Government is the main business in the city, but Ankara is also Turkey’s the second most important industrial city after İstanbul. Ankara is home for many aerospace companies, manufacturing facilities, government and state buildings, major universities, museums and historical places.
Ankara is close to many touristic attractions, including Cappadocia, Catalhoyuk etc. and is only a few hours’ drive away from major touristic cities, such as Istanbul, Izmir and Antalya.