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Ankara - where East meets West

December 2nd, 2008 by Carol Ferndale · 3 Comments

Standing famously at the crossroads of East and West, and established over 3,000 years ago, Ankara is a city truly steeped in history, and offering a fine blend of Eastern and Western culture. If you are feeling the pinch of the credit crunch, yet yearning for a city break, the plethora of cheap hotels in Ankara, makes a trip to this exciting city affordable.

The city first came into being because it was at the intersection of two major trade routes, and having been under Hittite, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman influence, before finally becoming the capital of the new Turkish Republic, Ankara has both a European and an Asian feel, with plenty to see and do.

Located on top of a hill in the Old City, the Ankara Citadel has had changes made to it by all the different peoples who have had influence here. Athough the foundations were laid by the Galatians, the Romans, Byzantines and later the Seljuk added to the structure, making it a fine and interesting piece of architecture. Nearby you will find the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation which houses a great archaeological collection that takes you through the history of the city. Other museums here are the Ethnographical Museum, the Painting and Sculpture Museum, Museum of Liberation, Museum of Republic, Presidential Mansion museum, and the Natural History Museum.

A must see of Ankara is Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Ataturk, which also comprises a museum showcasing the belongings of Ataturk and an exhibition of photographs related to the life of Ataturk and Turkey’s freedom struggle.

The Temple of Augusts is a temple dedicated to Emperor Augustus, and dates back to the 2nd century BC.

Ankara is a university town, and with that comes all the culture and nightlife that you expect of university towns the world over. Just walk down the streets of Kizilay and Sakarya and you will find bars, cafes, eateries and bookshops full of brightly dressed students. Being a capital city, the place has a very cosmopolitan feel, and you will find all nationalities here.

So if you are tempted to head for this fine city you will find accommodation available of all types from posh hotels to plenty of cheap hotels in Ankara.

Tags: Asia · Budget accommodation · Europe · Hotels · Turkey

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 steve_b // Dec 15, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Nice view of Ankara, Carol. I must go there some day. I have seen the coastal parts of Turkey but not Ankara.

  • 2 marianne // Dec 16, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I’ve been to the area around Fethiye, and also to Kalkan. I really love that area of the Turkish coast. I bet Ankara is completely different. I’d like to go there on a city break one day, but whenever I think of Turkey, it’s the coastal region I think of.

  • 3 steve_b // Mar 12, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I ought to go on more city breaks, for the culture, etc, but if I have a few weeks to spare I always opt for the sea and sun sort of places.

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