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Satellite view is showing Ankara, second largest city after Istanbul and since October 1923 the national capital of Turkey.
The city is located 450 km (280 mi) south east of Istanbul in the central Anatolia region on the eastern edge of the Anatolian Plateau at an altitude of 800-978 m. The Anatolian Plateau is a region on the Turkish peninsula of Asia Minor in Western Asia. The peninsula forms the greater part of Asian Turkey, between the Mediterranean Sea in south, the Aegean Sea in west and the Black Sea in north.
The city was prominent in Roman times as Ancyra, it later declined in importance until in 1923 the city was chosen by Kemal Atatürk, the first President of Turkey, as his seat of government. The then name of the municipality was (until 1930) Angora.
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Today Ankara is a major commercial and industrial city and the center of political power in Turkey, the administrative and political core of the country and the seat of the Turkish Government.
Turkey's capital has a population of about 4.5 million inhabitants (in 2015), 5.3 million people live in Ankara province (2016). Official language is Turkish.
Ankara is connected by high-speed railway with the cities of Konya and Istanbul. Esenboğa is since 1955 the international airport of the capital.
Ankara points of interest:
Landmarks: Ankara Castle (Ankara Kalesi), according to legend the citadel was built by the famous King Midas, for centuries it is the hilltop heart of the old city of Ankara. It offers a 360° view of the city.
Atakule, 125 m high observation and communications tower.
Mosques: Sultan Alaeddin Mosque, the oldest mosque in Ankara, built at the end of the 12th century, located in Altindag. Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii) built in the 15th century, and Hacı Bayram Mausoleum in Ankara's Ulus quarter, it is the last resting-place of Haji Bayram Wali, a Turkish poet, mystic, Sufi, and the founder of the Bayrami Sufi order.
Kocatepe Mosque, the largest mosque in the city.
Museums: Anatolian Museum of Civilization, Anatolian archeology exhibits in an old bazaar building shows relics of past epochs from the Neolithic, Early Bronze, Assyrian, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuq and Ottoman periods.
War of Independence Museum, the museum within the first Grand National Assembly of Turkey, displays photos, documents and furnitures related to the Turkish War of Independence (1919–1922). State Art and Sculpture Museum, a collection of works of artists who played an important role in the development of Turkish painting and sculpture. Ethnography Museum, is a museum for Turkish culture and traditions from the Seljuk era until today.
Performing arts: Ankara Opera House, home of the the Turkish State Opera and Ballet. Leyla Gencer Sahnesi, operetta and musical venue in Ostim.
Shopping: ANKAmall (Alisveris Merkezi) largest shopping mall in the city. Eski Ankara, the old city surrounding Ankara Castle bristles with market stalls, antique shops, rug sellers, coffee houses and bar/restaurants.
Parks: Altınpark, former golf course in Altındağ district was transformed into a public park. Göksu Park, public park with a lake in Etimesgut. Dikmen Vadisi, recreation area south of Kocatepe Mosque. Atatürk Forest Farm and Zoo, park with a zoo, several small working farms, greenhouses, restaurants, a dairy farm and a brewery.
Lakes: Lake Eymir and Lake Mogan, two small lakes in Ankara Province.
Sports: Karapürçek square, Altındağ is the location of Ankara's annual oil-wrestling tournament, oil-wrestling is considered to be Turkey's national sport. Mayıs Stadium, home venue of Ankara's Süper Lig football club Gençlerbirliği. Aktepe Stadium, multi-use stadium and home venue of Ankaraspor.
Just zoom in (+) to see the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Turkish parliament.
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Monday-March-20 16:04Standard time zone: Eastern European Time (EET) UTC/GMT +2 hours
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City Coordinates: 39°52′N 32°52′E
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