The capital of civilization in Anatolia, Ankara with its ruins of Hittite, Phrygia, Roman, Seljuk Empires and with its key role during the Turkish Independence War, is gaining popularity as a tourist destination.
Ulus is one of the oldest inhabited areas in Ankara. The Roman baths, now an open-air museum, the Julianus Column and Augustus Temple are some of the historical ruins in Ulus. The Anatolian Civilizations Museum has a unique collection of artifacts, artworks and remains of age-old Anatolia. Hacı Bayram-ı Veli Mosque from 14th century A.D. is situated in the vicinity of Ulus. The Grand National Assembly Building (First Senate House), the symbol of the Turkish Republic, today, is the Museum of Turkish Independence. The Mausoleum, where the founder of Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lies in eternal peace, represents the respect of Turkish people of their savior.
Traditional Ankara houses in Inner Castle and Hamamönü are open-air museum destinations with their authentic streets, cultural and artistic events, hand-made products exhibited at the street corners, shopping stores promising novelties for all tastes and budgets.
The districts of Ankara also offer an alternative outing for those who are willing to enjoy the quiet life of the countryside.