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 indicating the direction of Mecca).

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1. Parmak Kapısı


The Parmak Kapısi is the main gate into Ankara's citadel neighbourhood.

2. Rahmi M Koç Industrial Museum

0.21 MILES

The surprisingly absorbing Rahmi M Koç Industrial Museum, located inside the beautifully restored Çengelhan caravanserai building, has three floors…

3. Erimtan Archaeology & Arts Museum

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Ankara's newest museum houses the astounding collection of mostly Roman (but also Bronze Age, Hittite and Byzantine) artefacts collected over the years by…

4. Citadel

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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…

5. 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…

6. Şark Kulesi

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Climb up this tower in the hisar (citadel) area for excellent views across Ankara.

7. Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

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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…

8. Roman Theatre

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From Hisarparkı Caddesi, you can view the sparse remains of a Roman theatre from around 200 to 100 BC.