Ankara Capital City of Turkey

If you are planning to travel to Turkey, we introduce its capital city. Ankara is known for being the political capital of Turkey and is the second cosmopolitan city after Istanbul and has a big population. It has modern architecture, interesting tourism history and wonderful shopping centers which may attract you. If you are eager to know and be familiar with this city, read the following materials.

Ankara is located in the northwest of Turkey and in the eastern edge of the great and high Anatolian Plateau with 850m height and in 200 km distance from the Black Sea. It has been selected as the capital city after the Ottoman collapse in 1923. It was formerly known as Angora. Today, its population is more than 5million and is famous as a developed city.

Its code number is 322 and is 90 minutes slow in time zone compared to Iran. In terms of distance, it takes 3 hours to fly to Iran. Among the nearest cities to Ankara are Eskisehir, Konya and Adapazarı. But, as it is the biggest city after Istanbul and the political capital city is of peerless fame because of Ataturk’s tomb, Ankara Castle and tourism attractions and embassies of many countries, recreation and shopping centers.

The best time to travel to Ankara is from late March to early October because it is a cold place but summer is hot there. Although it was the polar of agriculture in old times with products like grapes, honey, pear, etc., today due to skyscrapers and developing toward industry has been replaced with Antalya city. Now it has been changed to businessmen’s destination due to its industrial and business purposes at international level. It plays a great part in Turkey’s economics especially in the textile, clothing industry, automobile industry, television, and electronic and home appliances. Having said all this, you can account in Ankara if you are going to do a business or investment in Turkey.

Modern Ankara sparked when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk declared it the capital and invited city planners from Europe to build roads, parks, and artificial lakes and now we see the present-day Ankara. At the core of modern Ankara is the tomb of Ataturk, Anıtkabir, completed in 1953 and combining ancient and modern architecture and it is always an important place of pilgrimage for the Turkish people. Adjacent to this tomb is a wax museum from Ataturk, which includes photographs, personal letters, etc. The Old Ottoman Bazaar in Ankara is the city's first museum known as the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and its building has been newly renovated. However, the first parliament building of the Republic of Turkey, which is now the Museum of the War of Independence in Ulus Square, is open to the public.

If we want to introduce the best tourist attractions of Ankara, we can mention the following in detail, but in an article entitled “Tourist Attractions of Ankara”, a full description of them has been given.

  • Anatolian Civilizations Museum (Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi)
  • Ankara Air Force Museum
  • Altinkoy Open Air Museum 
  • Ankara Castle
  • Ataturk’s Mausoleum
  • Aqua Vega Aquarium
  • Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koc Museum
  • Erimtan Museum
  • Esztergom Turkish Cultural Center
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Ethnography Museum of Ankara
  • Hisar Military castle
  • Genclik Parki 
  • Kocatepe Mosque
  • Republic Museum
  • State Art and Sculpture Museum
  • Roman Ruins
  • Ulucanlar Prison Museum
  • War of Independence Museum

There are many other places of interest that are not covered in this article. Now, you know Ankara, a city in which all standards have been observed and you can find whatever you need. With all these facilities and the hustle and bustle of this city, transportation in this city may be a fundamental question for you. It is worth mentioning that Ankara benefits from every kind of transportation system including local buses, yellow taxis, metro lines, Suburban, and interurban trains so that there are several transportation systems for a direction. Ankara is also rich in reputable and creditable universities and accepts many national and international students from around the world.