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Ankara Sights and Landmarks Guide, Turkey

Ankara, being one of the most promising cities of the east, has a good number of sights to go to. The choices range from museums, to festivals, to natural parks, to monuments, to skyscrapers, and even to churches and mosque. It is one part of the Middle East where Christianity, Islam and other religions coexist in almost perfect harmony thereby making the city itself a unique mix of different sights. The Museum of Anitkabir, to be found in the hill of Anýttepe, is imposingly overlooking the city and one site that is hard to miss. This fixture was completed in 1953 and has been the home of the mausoleum of the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. It is a unique fusion of ancient and modern architectural styles.

The adjacent mausoleum is also home to the wax figure of Atatürk as well as his writings, letters and personal items, as well as an exhibition of photographs recording from crucial moments in his life before and after the establishment of the Republic. The Ankara Ethnography Museum is home to fine collection of folkloric as well as Seljuk- and Ottoman-era artifacts. Likewise, the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations houses a unique collection of Paleolithic, Neolithic, Hatti, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Lydian and Roman treasures. The Victory Monument built in 1927 on Zafer Square depicts a Statue of Atatürk in uniform. Moreover, the Ankara Citadel, which is the oldest part of Ankara, built during the time of Galatians has been resurrected in the form of restaurants, serving local cuisine, music and Raký. The Temple of Augustus and Roma or the Monumentum Ancyranum was built between the years of 25 BC and 20 and is found in the Ulus quarter of the city. The Roman Bath built by Emperor Caracalla in the 3rd century AD in honor of Asclepios, the God of Medicine still exists. It consists of three rooms: a frigidarium or cold room, tepidarium or tepid room and caldarium or hot room. The Hacý Bayram Mosque, built in honor of Hacý Bayram Veli two years before his death, has 437 square meters on the first floor and 263 square meters on the second floor usable space.

Finally, for a touch of nature, the Gençlik Park houses an amusement park and a pond that can be used for rowing. Meanwhile, the Atatürk Forest Farm and Zoo is home to a zoo, several small agricultural farms, greenhouses, restaurants, a dairy farm and a brewery. The possibilities for any kind of tour in Ankara are endless. Whether for historical, social, natural or pure fun trip, there is always a place waiting for your exploration in Ankara.    

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