Ankara: The Roman City In The Heart Of Anatolia

Ankara is the capital of Turkish Republic, yes that is a fact. But did you know that it used to be one of the most important Roman settlements in Anatolia and hosted many civilization like Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Byzantians and many more. OK, you know now. Let’s dive into Ankara’s rich historical legacy and learn some more about this glorious city that is also well-known for its cat, goat and rabbit.

Where is Ankara?


Ankara stand in the heart of Anatolia, where all roads and railways meet.


When should I visit Ankara?


Ankara is at your service through your journey whole year. Pick the time and Ankara will be ready and steady for your visit.


How can I go to Ankara?


You can fly to Ankara Esenboga Airport, you can drive, you can take a bus or train to reach Ankara.


Where should I stay in Ankara?


Ankara has many great chain hotels, city hotels and boutique hotels. Airbnb is also an option. It is your decision.


How will I travel around Ankara?


Ankara offers many travel solutions depending on your request. You can rent a car, take a taxi or use public transportation that is very comprehensive.


What will I see in Ankara?


As Ankara has been home to many civilizations for centuries, it has a lot to offer when it comes to historical landmarks.


You may pay a visit to Ankara Citadel, that was built in the time when Galatians ruled the city. Renovated by Seljuks and Byzantians, the citadel is one of the oldest structures in the city.


To explore the Roman legacy in the city, you can see the Roman Theatre, Roman Baths, the Temple of Augustus and Rome and the Column of Julian built to honor the Julian the Apostate who visited the city on Roman times.


If you are interested in Seljuk and Ottoman architecture, you can visit some important mosques like Kocatepe Mosque, Haci Bayram Mosque that is built to honor the famous Sufi poet or Alaedding Mosque.


You can see the Victory Monument and Statue of Ataturk that were built after the founding of the Turkish Republic.


Saying Goodbye


After soaking up the history of many civilization that had reigned on these lands, it is time to say goodbye. Ankara will always be there to welcome you with great stories to tell.

Top attractions in Ankara


History is full of epic stories about bravery and people's dedication to their lands. Galatia is an ancient region occupying the Central Anatolia. As if stands right crossroads of different nations, it hosted many cultures throughout its history.


You must have heard the stories about the King Midas, about his ears, his touch… Well, Phrygia is the place to visit if you would like to learn more.


Corum is one of the most significant cities of Turkey’s Central Anatolia region. The city is well-known for its roasted chickpea production; but it is only the visible part of the iceberg.


The city Corum, located in the Central Anatolian region of Turkey host a very special city. Hattusa is the capital of Hittite empire that was the first Anatolian civilization and the nation that made a lot of “firsts” in Anatolia.


Hittites are the first civilization on historical ages that came to Anatolia and called “dibs.” Therefore, they are the first settlers of the region. The Hittites were a matriarchal civilization that gave women a great importance. How cool is that they were feminists thousands of years ago even though women are still fighting for their rights on our time.


Nevsehir, originally named as Nissa by the ancient civilizations Hittites, has been one of the most important tourism and agriculture centers of its region. It is a very well-known travel destination not only for Turkey; but for the whole world.


Lying within the boundaries of middle Anatolian cities like Nevsehir, Kayseri and Aksaray; Cappadocia is one of the main touristic areas of Turkey containing the most extraordinary sightseeings such as Uchisar, Urgup, Goreme, Avanos and Zelve.


Konya is one of the most important cities of Turkey, located on the Central Anatolia region of the country. The city gracefully earns the title with its famous Mevlana, the Sufi mystic mostly known as Rumi worldwide. Being the symbol of tolerance and humanism, Rumi has been a guide to many people on this journey we call life.

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