Top Choice Monument in Ankara

Anıt Kabir

The monumental mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881–1938), the founder of modern Turkey, sits high above the city with its abundance of marble and air of veneration. The tomb itself actually makes up only a smal…
Top Choice Museum in Ankara

Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

The superb Museum of Anatolian Civilisations is the perfect introduction to the complex weave of Turkey's ancient past, with beautifully curated exhibits housing artefacts cherry-picked from just about every signifi…
Museum in Ankara

Ethnography Museum

The Ethnography Museum is housed inside a white marble post-Ottoman building (1927) that served as Atatürk's mausoleum until 1953. Past the equestrian statue out the front, the mausoleum is preserved in the entrance…
Park in Ankara

Gençlik Parkı

The biggest afternoon out for Ankara families is the Gençlik Parkı, in the heart of the city. It's a classic Middle Eastern–style park with several pleasant çay bahçesi (tea gardens; single women should go for those…
Mosque in Ankara

Hacı Bayram Camii

Ankara's most revered mosque is Hacı Bayram Camii. Hacı Bayram Veli was a Muslim 'saint' who founded the Bayramiye dervish order around 1400. Ankara was the order's centre and Hacı Bayram Veli is still revered by pi…
Mosque in Ankara

Kocatepe Camii

The huge outline of Kocatepe Camii is the symbol of Ankara. It is one of the world's largest mosques, but it is also very new (it was built between 1967 and 1987). In the basement of the mosque is a supermarket, whi…
Park in Ankara

Kuğulu Parkı

One of the oases in an often bustling and noisy city is Kuğulu Parkı, at the southern end of Tunalı Hilmi Caddesi.
Museum in Ankara

Painting and Sculpture Museum

The Painting and Sculpture Museum showcases the cream of Turkish artists. Ranging from angular war scenes to society portraits, the pieces demonstrate that 19th- and 20th-century artistic developments in Turkey para…
Ruins in Ankara

Roman Baths

At the sprawling 3rd-century Roman Baths ruins, the layout is still clearly visible; look for the standard Roman apoditerium (dressing room), frigidarium (cold room), tepidarium (warm room) and caldarium (hot room).…
Area in Ankara


The imposing hisar is the most interesting part of Ankara to poke about in. This well-preserved quarter of thick walls and intriguing winding streets took its present shape in the 9th century AD, when the Byzantine …