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What to eat

The cuisine of Old Ankara displays much of the home-cooked food of the Turks, with the oven and tandoor, and cellars for winter supplies.

There is a wide variety of dishes in Ankara: Soups such as as dutmac, keskek, miyane, sutlu, tarhana and toyga.

Meat dishes include Ankara tavasi, alabortme, calla, coban kavurmasi, iliskik, kapama, orman kebabi, patlicanli et, sizgic, siyel and siper.

To accompany, there is a wide variety of pilaf (rice dishes) such as bici, wheat pilaf, ogmac asi and pit pit pilaf.

There are also stuffed dishes like efelek dolmasi, manti, sirden dolmasi (humbar) and yalanci dolma.

The pastries of Turkey are delicious, and include alt-ust boregi, ay boregi, bohca, entekke boregi, hamman, kaha, kol boregi, papac, Pazar boregi, tandir boregi.


What to buy

Ankara's shopping centres are clustered around Ulus, Kizilay and Kavaklidere. One popular place for visitors is the Cikrikcilar Yokusu and its shops, near Ulus.

Around the castle in Ulus, in the area of Cikrikcilar Yokusu and Samanpazari, there are shops which sell traditional handicrafts such as textiles, copper, ceramics, wickerwork and leather, as well as a variety of jewellery, decorations, gift items and all types of antiques.

In the Bakircilar Market, there is a wide selection of goods on offer like souvenirs, antiques and clothes as well as copperware and jewellery.

At the end of the ascent to the castle is a small bazaar with stands selling spices, dried fruit and nuts and other products.

Most of the modern shopping centres are in Kizilay, Tunali Hilmi Street and at Atakule in Cankaya. The 125m Atakule dominates the city landscape and from the revolving restaurant there is a breathtaking view of Ankara.

The most elite department stores and restaurants in Turkey are in the Karum Mall in Kavaklidere.


Where to go

In Ankara, which has been the cradle of the Anatolian Civilizations for ages, one can see the deep effects of these traditions, and ancient cultures.

A vivid culture city, Ankara is a center for opera and ballet, jazz and modern dance, and home of the prestigious Presidential Symphony Orchestra.

Ankara also has a large number of theatres with many ambitious productions.

Anitkabir is located on an imposing hill, Anittepe quarter of the city, where the mausoleum of Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, was built in 1953, and became the symbol of Ankara.

Ankara Ethnography Museum is in the Ulus district. There is a fine collection of folkloric as well as Seljuk- and Ottoman-era artifacts.

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations situated at the entrance of Ankara Castle, it is an old "bedesten" (covered bazaar) that has been beautifully restored and now houses a unique collection of Paleolithic, Neolithic, Hatti, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, and Roman works as well as a major section dedicated to Lydian treasures.

State Art and Sculpture Museum houses a rich collection of Turkish art from the late 19th century to the present day.

War of Independence Museum was originally the first Parliament building (TBMM) of the Republic of Turkey.

The War of Independence was planned and directed here as recorded in various photographs and items presently on exhibition.

TCDD Locomotive Museum is an open-air museum near the railway station which traces the history of steam locomotion through the locomotives and artifacts on display.

Ankara Citadel; the foundations of the citadel were laid by the Galatians on a prominent lava outcrop, and the rest was completed by the Romans.

The area around and inside the citadel, being the oldest part of Ankara, contains many fine examples of traditional architecture.

Roman Theatre: The remains, the stage, and the backstage can be seen outside the castle.

Roman statues that were found here are exhibited in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

Temple of Augustus and Rome was built between 25 BC - 20 BC following the conquest of Central Anatolia by the Roman Empire.

Roman Bath has all the typical features of a classical Roman bath: a frigidarium (cold room), tepidarium (cool room) and caldarium (hot room).

Column of Julian in Ulus, was erected in 362 to commemorate a visit by the Roman Emperor Julian.

It stands fifteen meters high and has a typical leaf decoration on the capital.

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