What to see in Ankara

I visited Ankara in January 2018 and in this post, I want to share my experience. I've stayed only for 2 days. I wanted to see the Russian embassy and the street, named after Russian ambassador, who was tragically killed there.

The places:



Anıtkabir, Turkish for "memorial tomb", is the mausoleum built for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. It was designed by architects Professor Emin Onat and Assistant Professor Ahmet Orhan Arda, whose proposal beat 48 other entries from several countries in a competition held by the Turkish Government in 1941 for a "monumental tomb" for Atatürk. Anıtkabir features Seljuq and Ottoman architecture and ornamentation features. Most known: the eaves of the towers and the Hall of Honour are all Seljuq-style sawtooth ornamentation

The entry is free.


The main building of Mausoleum

Korean War Memorial


The Korean War Veterans Monument, which is also called “The Garden of Korea” (Kore Bahcesi in Turkish), is a four-story edifice of yellowish stone, a gift of the Korean Government to the people of the Turkish Republic. It is a reminder for veterans who fought for South Korea in the war. Turkish soldiers are buried in Pusan.

Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial

Gençlik Parkı


Right near the garden of Korea and Ankara station located another park, Gençlik Parkı. People visit it to relax and have a lunch. There is a lot of cafe inside the park, which offers Turkish cuisine. There is no much to see in it, but it is nice to get out from noisy city streets.


Ankara market


Ankara fortress is located on the way from the park to Ankara Fortress. It offers cheap and quality nuts and fruits. I bought a half kilo of Hazelnut just for 8$. Most places accept credit cards.

Ankara fortress


The last and the most interesting place I visited in Ankara. It is located on a hill. The view from there is fantastic. Some fortress walls are still there, but it is more interesting to see the old buildings. People still live there.

The fortress is composed of an inner line of walls with closely spaced towers that encloses an area of about 350m by 150m, and an outer line of walls with towers some 40m apart. Both sets of walls were constructed using large quantities of reused masonry. It was built around 5-6 century. On the top of the hill, there is a Turkish flag.


Ankara fortress overview


For more photos check my album  Album, Ankara

My youtube video from the trip:


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