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Turkey's 'other' city may not have any showy Ottoman palaces or regal facades but Ankara thrums to a vivacious, youthful beat unmarred by the tug of history. Drawing comparisons with ?stanbul is pointless – the flat, modest surroundings are hardly the stuff of national poetry – but the civic success of this dynamic and intellectual city is assured thanks to student panache and foreign-embassy intrigue.

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Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Istanbul. The city has a mean elevation of 938 metres. Centrally located in Anatolia, Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. It is the center of the Turkish Government, and houses all foreign embassies. It is an important crossroads of trade, strategically located at the centre of Turkey's highway and railway networks, and serves as the marketing centre for the surrounding agricultural area. The city was famous for its long-haired Angora goat and its prized wool (mohair), a unique breed of cat (Angora cat), Angora rabbits and their prized wool (Angora wool), pears, honey, and the region's muscat grapes.


The historical center of Ankara is situated upon a rocky hill, which rises 150 m above the plain on the left bank of the Ankara Çay?, a tributary of the Sakarya (Sangarius) river. The country's largest city. Although situated in one of the driest places of Turkey and surrounded mostly by steppe vegetation except for the forested areas on the southern periphery, Ankara can be considered a green city in terms of green areas per inhabitant, which is 72 m2 per head.



Climate of Ankara

Ankara has a continental climate, with cold, snowy winters due to its elevation and inland location, and hot, dry summers. Rainfall occurs mostly during the spring and autumn. Under Köppen's climate classification, Ankara features a semi-arid climate. Because of Ankara's high altitude and its dry summers, nightly temperatures in the summer months are cool. Ankara's annual average precipitation is fairly low at 408 millimetres (16 in), nevertheless precipitation can be observed throughout the year. Monthly mean temperatures range from 0.3 °C (32.5 °F) in January to 23.5 °C (74.3 °F) in July, with an annual mean of 11.7 °C (53.1 °F).



Sights Ankara

• Ataturk Mausoleum (Anitkabir): The mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, was constructed in 1944 and sits atop a hill overlooking the city.

• Cengelhan Rahmi M. Koc Museum: Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum is the first and only industrial museum in Ankara Like its namesake, it is dedicated to the history of Transport. 

• Anatolian Civilizations Museum: Museums; Natural History Museums

• Owner description: This fascinating museum contains over 200,000 historic pieces of which only a fraction can be displayed at one time. 

• Kocatepe Mosque: This commanding mosque was built between 1967 and 1987 and is both the newest and largest in the city.

• Hattusha: Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites

• Hamamonu Restored Area: A wonderful area with many restored 1920-1930 houses now filled with cafes,restaurants,artist shops.

• Ethnographic Museum: This museum houses a rich collection of folkloric artifacts, and was the first resting place of Ataturk until the completion of his mausoleum in 1953.

• CerModern: Category: Art Museums

• Ankara Citadel (Hisar): The foundations of this structure were laid by Galatians and eventually completed by the Romans. Located atop a hill in the old city, the area inside the citadel contains many fine examples of traditional architecture.



Bars Ankara

1. Papsi Bar: Good corner bar with atmosphere

2. Gölge Pub Ankara: Blues Nite

3. Sakarya Caddesi area in Kizilay: Numerous Clubs, Bars, and Eateries

4. Ulus square and surroundings: Late evening walk

5. GOLGE BAR: Golge Bar

6. Manhattan Bar: One of the best places

7. The North Shield Pub - Ankara: Irish Pub

8. Cafe Pampero: If you like loud places!

9. Boxer by WOK: Trendy & Elegant

10. Manhattan Bar: Live music