Ankara is the capital of the Republic of Turkey, and its capital Ankara is the second most populous city in Turkey. There was an important crossroad between East and West. Ankara (ancient Ancyra) was also the capital of ancient Galatia. Ankara has many interesting archaeological sites scattered throughout the city. After the collapse of the Hittites, the Phrygians established dominance in Ankara and many regions.
Today you will pick up from your Hotel after breakfast and then we will drive to Ankara.It will takes around 3 hours by private car.
The Mausoleum of Ataturk
If you have come to Turkey, you must visit the mausoleum of the great leader Ataturk, who is respected in the world. Please watch it during the military exchange hours. How many heroes have such a magnificent mausoleum been granted to many heroes?
Its huge garden, which is an eye-catching botanical museum, the hum of the wind passing through the columns of the Monument mausoleum building, which involuntarily makes you emotional, silence, a work that says I am always here, which dominates all of Ankara. The way the ancient civilizations of these lands, Phrygians, Hittites, and the meaning of their waiting for their Ancestor. Anitlkabir is a place that makes people think and discover mysteries.
Ankara Castle is a place where you can see the historical mansions and houses where you can watch Ankara from a bird's eye view. Although it is not known exactly when it was built, it is known that the castle existed at the beginning of the 2nd century B.C., when the Galatians settled in Ankara. It has been repaired many times by the Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, and Ottomans. Ankara Castle is bigger than it looks from the outside. It also hosts various festivals every year. It covers Hamamonu, Hacettepe, Samanpazari, the spinning wheel slope, and Ulus. People are living here. Nostalgic Mansions, cafes, and Castle walls were built as sheltered.
The Museum of Anatolian Civilization
It is the most visited place in Ankara after Anıtkabir. Today, it is among the few museums in the world with unique collections. Archaeological finds unearthed from various excavation sites in Anatolia are on display. There are artifacts from Catalhoyuk, Hattusas, Gordion, and many more historical capitals. A well-deserved museum that received the award for the best museum in Europe. History within history is found in Ankara Castle. A museum exhibiting the past and history of Anatolia. The chronologically divided halls and the information boards are very good; you almost feel the history inside you.
In the Museum, Anatolian Archeology is exhibited in chronological order starting from the Paleolithic Age to the present day. Artifacts in the museum consist of statues, coins and artifacts, ornaments, symbols, metal, earth, and stone work belonging to primitive civilizations that have survived from 8000 BC and great civilizations such as Hittite, Phrygian, Lydian, Ionian, Urartian, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Turkish.
The Temple of Augustus and Roman Bath
These two are together because they seem to be connected. It will remind us of Israel – especially Jerusalem – where structures and beliefs are intertwined both literally and figuratively. The Temple of Augustus and Rome was originally built in the 1st century, rebuilt in the 2nd century, and later converted into a church in the 6th century. The marble edging is from the Roman period; alternating rows of black and reddish-brown stones were probably part of the Byzantine reconstruction.
Haci Bayram Mosque and Tomb
Haci Bayram Mosque and Tomb were built in 1429-1428. It is full of Roman characters. There are Julian columns. The mosque is very new. It has been completely restored very recently.
Kizilay Square and Street
Kızılay is located at the intersection of roads in Ankara; it is the place where Ankara's heart beats. You can easily go anywhere from the meeting point. Always busy, always crowded. The heart of Ankara beats here; it is a colorful and lively place with Kızılay Shopping Center and street shops. Bus, Metro, and Ankara main stops are here.
Ethnography Museum of Ankara
Especially the circumcision and groom's shaving, coppersmith Ali and women drinking coffee, old tiles, old items and clothes made with lifeless mannequins are magnificent. Seeing paintings and sculptures gives spiritual peace. Next to it is the Museum of painting and Sculpture. Watch the view of Ankara from the garden. It is touching to know that Ataturk stayed there for 15 years before he was buried in Anitkabir. The interior is very nicely designed and spacious. Everyone should go and see it. End of the tour you will transffered to airport for your Dalyan airport flight.