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Ankara

If you want to discover Turkey’s rich culture and ancient sites, then Istanbul shouldn’t be your only choice. Add Ankara to your bucket list as it is the country’s capital city and beating heart. Have your camera ready as you are bound to want to snap all of its epic Government buildings, great museums, and picturesque parks. Come and discover how it was once the hub of many great civilizations with a history dating back to the Stone Age. Despite its long history, it is a thoroughly modern city and has made remarkable progress from a dusty Anatolian backwater to today's sophisticated arena for international affairs.  In fact, Turkey's economic success is reflected in the city’s booming restaurant scene around Kavaklidere and Kizilay, which are frequented by hip students, old-timers and businessmen alike. And while the vibrant street life is enough of a reason to visit, there is so much more to see and do here. Culture vultures should check out the famous Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, which has beautifully curated exhibits that take you on a journey of staggering history from Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Assyrian, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian and Lydian periods. The imposing Hisar Citadel is the most interesting part of Ankara to poke about in. This well-preserved quarter of thick walls and intriguing winding streets took its present shape in the 9th century AD, when the Byzantine emperor Michael II constructed the outer ramparts. You will be wowed as you wander passed the inner walls that date from the 7th century. It’s also worth visiting Anit Kabir, which is the monumental mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who died in 1938 and was the founder of modern Turkey.