Ankara Old Town (Self Guided), Ankara

As a historic city, Ankara is a real treasure for those tourists who wish to to find out more about ancient civilizations. The old part of the city, Ulus, preserves the secrets of the life, development and culture of Hattians, Ankara's ancient people, who played an important role in the country and world history.
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Ankara Old Town Map

Guide Name: Ankara Old Town
Guide Location: Turkey » Ankara (See other walking tours in Ankara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: alexander
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • War of Independence Museum
  • Column of Julian
  • Temple of Augustus and Rome
  • The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
  • State Art & Sculpture Museum
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War of Independence Museum

1) War of Independence Museum (must see)

War of Independence Museum housed in the first Turkish Grand National Assembly building, displays important photographs, documents and furniture from the Turkish War of Independence.

The one-storey andesite building was designed by architect Salim Bey, at the request of Enver Pasha, as the headquarters of the Committee of Union and Progress. Its construction commenced in 1915. Thousands gathered in Ulus Square for the opening of the assembly on April 23, 1920 and Sinop representative Serif Bey, who as the oldest member had been chosen as President of the Assembly, made the first speech. The building remains open to the public, having recently undergone further renovation, as the Independence War Museum with a number of rooms currently open to view.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Column of Julian

2) Column of Julian (must see)

The Column of Julian was erected in honor of Roman emperor Julian in 362 AD to commemorate his visit to Ankara. Local inhabitants call the column Belkıs Minaresi, which means "Queen of Sheba Column". Unfortunately, nobody knows the reason for calling it so.
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Temple of Augustus and Rome

3) Temple of Augustus and Rome (must see)

The Temple of Augustus and Rome dates back to 20 BC and was built in the period of expansion of the Roman Empire and the establishment of the Roman province of Galatia with Ancyra (ancient name of Ankara) as its capital. The Temple has many inscriptions in Latin, such as the text of Res Gestae Divi Augusti and some Greek inscriptions on the exterior. Located now in the oldest part of the city, Ulus, it was rebuilt by the Romans in the 2nd century and represented at first an ancient Acropolis. It was later rebuilt by the Byzantines as a church.
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The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

4) The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations (must see)

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is located on the south side of Ankara Castle. It consists of the old Ottoman Mahmut Paşa bazaar storage building, and the Kurşunlu Han.

After the remodelling and repairs were completed (1938–1968), the building was opened to the public as the Ankara Archaeological Museum. It is one of the richest museums in the world. Within this Ottoman building, the museum has a number of exhibits of Anatolian archeology. They start with the Paleolithic era, and continue chronologically through the Neolithic, Early Bronze, Assyrian trading colonies, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuq and Ottoman periods. There is also an extensive collection of artifacts. The exhibits of gold, silver, glass, marble and bronze works date back as far as the second half of the first millennium BC. The coin collections, with examples ranging from the first minted money to modern times, represent the museum's rare cultural treasures. Museum of Anatolian Civilizations reaching the present time with its historical buildings and its deeply rooted history was elected as the first "European Museum of the Year" in Switzerland on April 19, 1997.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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State Art & Sculpture Museum

5) State Art & Sculpture Museum

The State Art and Sculpture Museum is a museum dedicated to fine arts and sculpture. It was designed in 1927 by architect Arif Hikmet Koyunoğlu and built between 1927 and 1930 as the Türkocağı Building, upon the direction of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of Turkey.

It is located close to the Ethnography Museum and houses a rich collection of Turkish art from the late 19th century to the present day. The museum was reopened after the restoration of the building in 1980. Today, the museum is a center of art where the most outstanding works of the artists who played important roles in the development of Turkish painting and sculpture are exhibited. Exhibitions of painting, sculpture, ceramic, printing arts and photography that are programmed to take place in Turkey within the framework of international cultural agreements, are exhibited in the three galleries reserved for periodical exhibitions; thus, the art works of foreign countries are made known to the Turkish public. Serving to public with its modern cafeteria, sales outlet and audio system, the institution goes beyond an exhibition place for old artwork; comprising all attributes of a modern museum of arts.

Editor's Note: Closed for Restoration.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Ankara, Turkey

Create Your Own Walk in Ankara

Create Your Own Walk in Ankara

Creating your own self-guided walk in Ankara is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Ulus District Tour

Ulus District Tour

The oldest part of Ankara is called Ulus. Being the most ancient part of the city it contains the maximum historic attractions. More than two thousands years old, the place is really worth visiting.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Museum Walking Tour

Museum Walking Tour

As a cultural center Ankara is one of the most attractive cities in Asia, preserving history and traditions from the ancient times. Some of the facts, about the city's historical heritage, can be discovered at the city's museums. Take the following tour below to discover Ankara's history and development as a city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Historical Landmarks Tour

Historical Landmarks Tour

Ankara is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is a center of industry and culture in Turkey. Walking through the city you'll see lots of beautiful and interesting places, representing aspects of its life. Take this tour to find the most important and mysterious attractions of Ankara.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Ankara Introduction Walking Tour

Ankara Introduction Walking Tour

The capital of modern Turkey, Ankara is an ancient city dating back to circa 2,000 BC. The country's cosmopolitan capital, it is also a major economic and cultural hub, replete with cultural and historic attractions. The Ankara castle, Column of Julian, Temple of Augustus and Rome, and Gençlik Park are just some of them. Follow this orientation walk to explore these and other key attractions...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 Km or 3.9 Miles