Things to do in Ankara

Activities, attractions and tours
Kocatepe Mosque which includes interior views, a mosque and religious aspects

Ankara Attractions

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Activities and Tours

Ankara is crammed with must-see places to visit and things to do. We can help you decide where to stay, and make it a breeze to explore the surrounding areas with our guides on where to go, what to see and when to see it. No matter how long your stay, it’s easy to find places of interest in Ankara to make sure that you enjoy your experience to the fullest and don’t miss a thing. Leave the local knowledge to us and leave the hassle behind.

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Ankara Attractions

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1. Anitkabir

The leader of the Turkish War of Independence is buried in the mausoleum of Anitkabir. After the country’s government held a competition for construction design, architects built the winning entry in the 1940s. Visit the structure for its cultural significance as well as its majestic appearance. It stands out because of its large presence with towers, arcades and a vast courtyard.
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Relive Turkey’s fight for independence and learn about the life of its first president, who is buried in this symmetrical mausoleum.

2. Kocatepe Mosque

The largest mosque in Ankara, Kocatepe Mosque strikes an imposing chord with its rising minarets and tiers of domes. It has become an icon in the city’s skyline, visible from most parts of the city on a clear day. Be one of the 24,000 visitors that the enormous mosque can accommodate at one time.
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Marvel at the modern design of one of the largest mosques in the world, which welcomes about 24,000 worshippers at a time.

3. Kizilay Square

Kizilay Square is the political plaza of the city, where you will see many events, rallies and protests. Around the square are many charming alleys full of cafés and restaurants. Spend the afternoon exploring the narrow pedestrianized streets on foot among vendors and fisheries to get a real sense of Turkish culture. The spacious plaza has several water features, a central statue and rows of trees along the flanks.
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This spacious square in the center of Ankara is a lively political and cultural hub, surrounded by malls, restaurants and hotels.

4. Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is home to hundreds of thousands of fascinating items from the region’s past. Learn about every aspect of human history in Anatolia from the Paleolithic Age to the more recent arrival of Greeks and Romans. The museum’s relics are spread across two buildings that date back to Ottoman rule.
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Travel through time as you examine exhibits that tell the story of the people who lived in the Anatolian region for more than 10,000 years.

5. Haci Bayram Mosque

The Haci Bayram Mosque is an architectural wonder from the 15th century with several remarkable features. Today, it is one of the most respected religious sites in the city. Visit the spiritual center to see the ornamental wood ceiling, elegant water features and floral arrangements. Beside the mosque, you will find a Roman temple, a park and a spacious plaza where you can purchase memorabilia.
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An iconic religious center from the 1400s is home to the mausoleum of the poet after whom it takes its name.

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