Top ChoiceMuseum in Ankara

Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

The best place in the country to get to grips with the complex weave of Turkey's history, the exhibits here house artefacts cherry-picked from just about every significant archaeological site in Anatolia.The...

Top ChoiceMausoleum in Ankara

Anıt Kabir

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...

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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...

Area in Ankara


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

Museum in Ankara

Ethnography Museum

Housed inside the building (built 1927) that served as Atatürk's mausoleum until the Anıt Kabir was built, the Ethnography Museum has a small but well-curated collection that showcases Turkey's artistic heritage....

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...

Mosque in Ankara

Hacı Bayram Cami

Ankara's most revered mosque is Hacı Bayram Cami. 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...

Museum in Ankara

Rahmi M Koç Industrial Museum

The surprisingly absorbing Rahmi M Koç Industrial Museum, located inside the beautifully restored Çengelhan caravanserai building, has three floors covering subjects as diverse as transport, science, music,...

Monument in Ankara

Lion Road

You enter the Anıt Kabir by the Lion Road, lined along its 262m length leading up to the vast plaza by 24 lion statues. Two squat towers mark the entrance – inside the right-hand tower is a scale model of the...

Museum in Ankara

Painting & Sculpture Museum

The Painting & 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...

Mosque in Ankara

Arslanhane Cami

This Seljuk-era mosque is one of Ankara's most beautiful. It has an interior of chunky wooden columns topped by Roman capitals, an intricately carved minber (pulpit) and a large, ornately tiled mihrab (niche...

Museum in Ankara

Anıt Kabir Museum

The buildings on one side of the Anıt Kabir plaza (to the right of the tomb) contain an extensive museum dedicated to both the life of Atatürk and Turkey's War of Independence.The downstairs halls give...

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...

Park in Ankara

Kuğulu Parkı

At the southern end of Tunalı Hilmi Caddesi, Kuğulu Parkı is a leafy oasis with a fountain-spouting pond ringed by cafes and garden beds of pansies. On sunny weekends, it gets crammed with park-goers lazing on...

Park in Ankara

Gençlik Parkı

In the heart of the city, Gençlik Parkı has a lake and fountains (lit up after dark), colourful flower beds and plenty of space for kids to run about. It's a highly popular spot on the weekend for strolling or...

Mosque in Ankara

Alaettin Cami

The Alaettin Cami is the oldest mosque in Ankara, dating from the 12th century, but has been extensively rebuilt. Another full restoration was ongoing in 2019 with mid-2020 pegged for the finishing date. Before...

Mosque in Ankara

Kocatepe Cami

The huge outline of Kocatepe Cami is the symbol of Ankara. It is one of the world's largest mosques but it is also a modern addition, built between 1967 and 1987.

Gallery in Ankara

Cer Modern

Located in an old train depot, this huge artists' park and gallery exhibits modern and challenging art from across Europe, plus there's an excellent cafe and shop. Cultural events are also staged here.

Mosque in Ankara

Melike Hatun Cami

This huge modern mosque, with a capacity of up to 7000 worshippers, was built in 2017 in traditional Ottoman style. It's a major landmark on Atatürk Bulvarı.