I visited Ankara in November 2023. Ankara, the heart of Turkiye and its Capital is a city that seamlessly blends the rich tapestry of history with the vibrancy of modernity.
Nestled in the Anatolian region, Ankara is a testament to Turkiye’s historical significance. The city’s roots trace back to the Bronze Age, evolving through the hands of Phrygians, Hittites, and Persians. However, it wasn’t until the establishment of the Republic of Turkiye in 1923 that Ankara rose to prominence as the nation’s capital. The iconic Ataturk Mausoleum, perched atop Anittepe Hill, pays homage to the founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, symbolizing the city’s pivotal role in shaping modern Turkiye.
Ankara’s historical tapestry extends beyond the mausoleum, revealing treasures like the ancient Roman Temple of Augustus, the Haci Bayram Mosque, and the Citadel that echoes tales of bygone eras. Walking through the labyrinthine streets of the old town, one can feel the echoes of history resonating through the cobblestones.
However, Ankara is not merely a city tethered to its past; it’s a dynamic metropolis pulsating with contemporary energy. The bustling Kizilay Square stands as the city’s commercial and social hub, where modern cafes, restaurants, and shops coexist alongside remnants of Ottoman architecture. The city’s vibrant arts scene finds expression in the CerModern contemporary art museum and the Atelier 5 creative space, offering a glimpse into Ankara’s modern cultural identity.
Traveling to Ankara is an immersive experience that transcends time. It’s a city where the ancient and the modern merge, inviting travelers to explore its historical treasures, embrace its contemporary spirit, and savor the unique blend of cultures that define Turkiye’s vibrant capital. Please click HERE for video clips of Ankara.