Explore the province Ankara, the capital of Turkey, which is located in the center of the country. Ankara is a vibrant metropolis rich in History and culture. Explore historical sites such as Anıtkabir (Atatürk's Mausoleum) and the Museum for Anatolian civilizations. Taste the specialties of the region, visit the shopping streets and enjoy a unique shopping experience. Explore Ankara Province, where modern development meets historical treasures.
Ankara is the capital and second largest city of the Republic of Turkey. The population is the second largest after and Istanbul, and the area is the second largest after Konya. It lies between Bolu, Çankırı, Kırıkkale, Kırşehir, Konya, Aksaray and Eskişehir. It lies between latitudes 38°33′ and 40°47′ north and longitudes 30°52′ and 34°06′ east. It is the intersection of the east-west arteries and the north-south arteries. A large part of it lies in the Central Anatolia region, another part in the western Black Sea region. The license plate is 06.
Origin of the name Ankara
The origin of the name Ankara is disputed. One theory is that the name derives from the ancient Anatolian word "Ankuwa" which means "camp, place". Another theory is that the name comes from a Celtic tribe called Anku-, another theory is that the name comes from the Hittites "Ankuwa".
Another theory is that the name derives from the Persian word "Ankara" which means "angel, prince". There are also reports that the name comes from an ancient deity or local prince. Due to various theories and legends, there is no definite answer as to the origin of the name Ankara.
Sights in Ankara province
The province of Ankara, the capital of Turkey hosts many points of interest & sights, including:
- The Anıtkabir: The tomb of Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of Turkey.
- The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations: A museum presenting the history and culture of Anatolia.
- The Kocatepe Camii: One of the largest Moscheen of Turkey.
- The Ethnographic Museum: A museum showcasing Turkey's ethnic and cultural diversity.
- Ataturk Boulevard: One of the most famous streets in the city with numerous shops, restaurants and cafes.
- The Ankara Castle: A medieval castle perched on a hilltop overlooking the city and offering great views of the surrounding area.
- The Genclik Park: A large park with a lake, a zoo and an amusement park.
- The Anitkabir Victory Monument: A monument commemorating Turkey's victory in the War of Independence.
- The Ankara Opera House and Ballet: A theater that performs opera, ballet and concerts.
- The Ankara Planetarium and Science Center: An interactive science museum that explains the science and technology of the world.