Ankara

Ankara is the capital of which country?

And the answer: Turkey.    

Historically known as Angora, Ankara is the capital of Turkey, and with more than 4 million people, it's the country's second largest city after Istanbul. Located at a crossroads between continents, the city is home to a wide variety of historic sites, from ancient Roman remains to castles from the Ottoman empire.

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For a city that's been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age, Ankara shows its age in all the best ways. With centuries-old mosques aside Roman baths and temples of Augustus, the cultural and historical convergences are reflected in the varied architecture which comprises the city. And, as it sits in an important geographical crossroads in Turkey, the trade that flows through Ankara continues to update and reflect Turkish culture with every passing year.

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Museums aplenty decorate the streets of Ankara, but one in particular remains significant for its cultural contributions. The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations holds works dated back as far as the first millennium BCE. In 1997, Switzerland elected it as the first "European Museum of the Year." Meanwhile, the oldest mosque in Ankara, the Alaeddin Mosque, dates back to AH 574 or 1178 AD, built by a prince of an Anatolian Seljuk Sultan during his reign.

Fun fact!

Ankara was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the site of the largest ever baked baklava. The gargantuan dessert pastry weighed 1,130 lb. 15 oz. and was prepared during the Ankara Gastronomy Summit on March 22, 2018.

Check out some sights from the capital city below.


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