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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…
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…
Area in Ankara

Citadel

The imposing hisar (citadel) 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 …
Museum in Ankara

Erimtan Archaeology & Arts Museum

Ankara's newest museum houses the astounding collection of mostly Roman (but also Bronze Age, Hittite and Byzantine) artefacts collected over the years by Turkish businessman and archaeology enthusiast Yüksel Erimta…
Museum in Ankara

Rahmi M Koç Industrial Museum

The surprisingly absorbing Rahmi M Koç Industrial Museum, which is located inside the beautifully restored Çengelhan building (which is also home to a posh hotel and restaurant), has three floors covering subjects a…
Museum in Ankara

Vakıf Eserleri Müzesi

The tradition of carpets being gifted to mosques has helped preserve many of Turkey's finest specimens. This extensive collection – which once graced the floors of mosques throughout the country – was put on display…
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…
International in Ankara

La Gioia

This ever-so swanky cafe-bistro at the heart of the embassy district looks seriously Parisian – as do much of the clientele. If you're in need of a break from the endless kebaps of central Turkey then you'll enjoy t…
Seafood in Ankara

Marmaris Balikçisi

At this well-regarded, and very fairly priced, seafood restaurant, with its suitably blue-and-white oceanic theme, you can pluck your creature of the deep off its bed of ice and have it quickly grilled or fried up a…
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…