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Ankara Castle, Ankara

#4 of 26 in Historic Sites in Ankara
Historic Walking Area · Ruin
Sitting on top of a hill above the city, Ankara Castle dominates the scenery with its 14-16 m (46-53 ft) high Byzantine walls. Dating back some 3,000 years, the complex still swarms with activity today and boasts ruins and centuries-old monuments. Here you can see mosques from the 12th century and ancient marble sarcophagi on one side of the road, and order a meal on the other. See homes of the locals that preserve the classical architectural style. Not only are the buildings authentic, but the lifestyle here hasn't changed much; domestic animals walk around backyards and people still beat skeins of wool on the roads. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ankara Castle by using our Ankara tour itinerary planner.
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  • It's on the top of a hill.The beauty of visiting the castle is enjoying the landscaoe of the city.The building itself is only a ruin left.  more »
  • Lots of great artisan shops before you get to the castle. The copper and Turkish lamp shops are just great. The castle itself provided some breathtaking views of Ankara on clear days... I suggest...  more »
  • As most of the people living here know, it has been neglected for so long and locals wouldn't even go there even though there is this spectacular view. The streets going up to the castle does not feel safe and the smell of urine can be pretty overwhelming when you get to the castle.
  • Provides a really good view of Ankara. It is not too crowded and it has a special kind of local charm on it. The only things I would take note of is that there are no barriers/ropes to prevent falling off, that to get up to the higher platforms of the castle you have to make sure you're physically comfortable climbing up.
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