Historical Landmarks Tour (Self Guided), Ankara

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.
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Guide Name: Historical Landmarks Tour
Guide Location: Turkey » Ankara (See other walking tours in Ankara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: alexander
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Yeni Mosque
  • Lion's Den Mosque
  • Ahi Elvan Mosque
  • Ankara Castle
  • The Alaaddin Mosque
  • The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
  • Hacı Bayram Mosque
  • Roman Bath
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Yeni Mosque

1) Yeni Mosque (must see)

One of the most famous architects in Ankara in the 16th century was Sinan who designed the Yeni Mosque. The construction has an amazing design on the inside, with a white marble covering the pulpit and the prayer place whilst the outside is made of traditional Ankara stone. The edifice represents the largest Ottoman mosque in the city.
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Lion's Den Mosque

2) Lion's Den Mosque

The lion statues give the mosque its name. It is a perfect embodiment of Selçuk architecture. The construction includes ceramics, wooden columns on the tops of which are placed the marble Corinthian capitals. The location is an important destination for the devotees who come here to pray.
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Ahi Elvan Mosque

3) Ahi Elvan Mosque

The Ahi Elvan Mosque dates back to the late 14th century. It is situated in the historic Ulus region, right beside the Citadel. The Mosque’s main attraction is its unusual mimber, meaning the pulpit. The material most predominantly used in the mosque is wood. There are twelve wooden columns supporting the ceiling.
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Ankara Castle

4) Ankara Castle (must see)

Ankara Castle is another Turkish historic spot, founded initially by Galatians on the top of a hill in Ulus. The lands around and inside the citadel are the oldest parts of the city and thus are a living example of architecture of different ages and nations. The region has changed a lot since antiquity. It has many cafés and restaurants serving traditional cuisine.
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The Alaaddin Mosque

5) The Alaaddin Mosque

The Alaaddin Mosque represents one of the oldest constructions in the city, since it dates back to the 12th century. An inscription confirms the mosque's age, and also names its founder Mesut. The mosque is found inside the Citadel, although, unfortunately, not in its original shape and form since it was restored by the Sultans in 14th and 15th centuries.
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The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

6) 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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Hacı Bayram Mosque

7) Hacı Bayram Mosque (must see)

Hacı Bayram Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Ankara, situated in the historical Ulus. It was built in the 15th century. The edifice was inaugurated in honor of Hacı Bayram Veli two years before he died. He was later buried nearby. The total area of the mosque is about 700 meters divided into two levels.
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Roman Bath

8) Roman Bath (must see)

Built in the period of Emperor Caracalla it was one of the most innovative constructions in the city. The complex combined three areas like: a frigidarium (cold room), a caldarium (hot room), and a tepidarium (tepid room). The bath offered different procedures for its customers.

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
Ankara Introduction Walking Tour

Ankara Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 Km or 3.9 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
Ankara Old Town

Ankara Old Town

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.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles